Primary Care First

Background
Primary Care First is a voluntary, five-year model to test if innovative payment options for advanced primary care can reduce total cost of care. The model is limited to 26 regions and will start in 2021. Primary Care First builds off the Comprehensive Primary Care models.

Overview 

  • CMMI’s Primary Care First webpage 
  • CMMI’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a five-year model ended in 2021, webpage 

NAACOS Member Resources 

  • NAACOS Review of Primary Care First Model 

  • NAACOS chart of CMS Innovation Center models and their overlap with ACOs 

  • NAACOS resource comparing CPC+ and MSSP, including details on criteria for ACO primary care practices participating in both programs 

News and Advocacy

  • NAACOS statement on release of the Primary Care First RFA

  • NAACOS statement welcoming more options for value-based payment arrangements in the form of Direct Contracting and Primary Care First

  • NAACOS calls for greater transparency in Innovation Center’s work

  • CMS reverses their initial decision to exclude ACO primary care practices from also participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative.

  • NAACOS Letter Urges CMS to Include ACOs in CPC+

    • CMS letter responds to NAACOS concerns and amends CPC+ policy

To read more about developments related to CPC+ and other key policy issues effecting ACOs, please visit our newsletter page.

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