HHS announces new CMS Primary Cares Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced five new programs to advanced value- and outcomes-based care, built on a foundation of CPC+ and other primary care-centric payment initiatives. The Primary Cares Initiative will launch in January 2020. Programs are aimed at a range of providers with the promise to focus more on outcomes and less on process measures. There are opportunities for individual and group practices, as well as for managed Medicare and Medicaid plans and accountable care organizations to participate. The five programs offer a mix of shared risk and capitation reimbursement. CMS says it created the programs based on aspects of approaches reviewed and recommended by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). Participant enrollment starts spring 2019.