On Aug. 1, CMS made the announcement family physicians all around the country have been waiting for when it officially opened the period for practices to apply for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative,(innovation.cms.gov) a five-year nationwide primary care medical home model with a start date of Jan. 1, 2017.
The online portal is ready and waiting. Submit your application(app1.innovation.cms.gov) by Sept. 15 at 11:59 EDT.
This multipayer public-private partnership will be staged in 14 regions around the country. CMS selected the following regions based on payer interest and coverage:
- Arkansas (statewide)
- Colorado (statewide)
- Hawaii (statewide)
- Kansas and Missouri (greater Kansas City region)
- Michigan (statewide)
- Montana (statewide)
- New Jersey (statewide)
- New York (North Hudson-Capital region)
- Ohio (statewide and northern Kentucky region)
- Oklahoma (statewide)
- Orgeon (statewide)
- Pennsylvania (greater Philadelphia region)
- Rhode Island (statewide)
- Tennessee (statewide)
In an Aug. 1 press release(www.cms.gov) CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D., said CMS views CPC+ as the future of primary care in the United States. He noted that payers involved in the project were "committed to supporting primary care practices of all sizes."
He specifically mentioned small, independent and rural practices.
"This model allows primary care practices to focus on what they care about most -- serving their patients' needs when and how they (physicians) choose."
CPC+ is intended to build on the original CPC initiative that launched late in 2012; this next phase will help physicians
- support patients with serious and chronic diseases;
- give patients 24-hour access to health care;
- deliver preventive care;
- promote patient self-management; and
- provide coordinated care with hospitals, subspecialist physicians and other clinicians.
Physicians have multiple ways to learn more about the CPC+ initiative. Check out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in this FAQ.(innovation.cms.gov)
Register(innovation.cms.gov) for upcoming CMS Open Door Forums scheduled in August and September.
And watch the CPC+ video series(www.youtube.com) offered by CMS to give physicians an overview of CPC+ and what to expect from the initiative.
Still have questions? Send an email to CMS or call the CPC+ Help Desk at 844-442-2672 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT.
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