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CMS Announces Request for Applications for Primary Care First Model Options

The Primary Care First demonstration models’ Request for Applications (RFA) and Practice Application are now live, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier today. Practices interested in participating in the model, including those interested in the Seriously Ill Population (SIP) track, must submit an application by January 22, 2020 in order to be eligible for the first performance year beginning in January 2021.

To review the RFA and learn more about the model, as well as participation options and eligibility criteria, please click here. To register for and visit the application portal itself, please click here.

CMS will also host two webinars next week providing more information about participation in Primary Care First:

  • October 30, 3 PM ET: This webinar will focus on what you need to know to submit your application for Primary Care First. CMS will also be answering questions about the application process. To register, click here.
  • October 31, 12 PM ET: This event will relate specifically to the Seriously Ill Population (SIP) payment model option. CMS will review additional details about the SIP option and build on points discussed during the first webinar. To register, click here.

Applicants will be asked to provide background information about their practice to determine their eligibility to participate. Any questions regarding the application process should be sent to PrimaryCareApply@telligen.com.

C-TAC is excited about this development, as Primary Care First has the potential to help practices across the nation improve care for those with serious and advanced illness and their families. We are analyzing the RFA and will be following up with additional information and correspondence soon.

For more information about C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory efforts, please contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at DBaird@theCTAC.org.

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