If your primary care practice is in one of the four new regions where CMS is expanding the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative and you want to participate in the program, it's time to act.
The deadline for practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New York's greater Buffalo region to apply for round two of the program(app1.innovation.cms.gov) is July 13 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. CMS is encouraging primary care practices in these areas that may be interested to at least open an application, noting that the process is fairly short.
CPC+ is a regionally based, multipayer advanced primary care medical home model that is designed to help practices improve quality, access and efficiency. The first round launched in 14 regions with 53 payers and 2,891 practices on Jan. 1, 2017, and CMS announced the expansion into the four new regions on May 17.
The program, which offers prospective monthly care management fees, is open to family medicine, internal medicine and geriatric medicine practices of any size that meet eligibility requirements that include
- having at least 125 attributed Medicare Part B fee-for-service beneficiaries (excluding patients with Medicare Advantage plans);
- using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology;
- utilizing care delivery activities that include 24-hour-a-day access for patients and support for quality improvement activities; and
- submitting a letter of support from the practice's health IT vendor, many of which have already signed global letters of support(innovation.cms.gov).
CMS notes that practices that have participated in meaningful use are likely to meet the EHR requirement.
The program is not open to practices that charge patients retainers or membership fees.
CMS has posted an FAQ document(innovation.cms.gov) about CPC+. Family physicians can find detailed information compiled by the AAFP to help them decide whether the program is right for them, and members are invited to contact Academy staff for personal assistance.
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