CMS Requests Applications for New Primary Care Model

This week, the Innovation Center at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a Request for Applications detailing policies and requirements for the Making Care Primary Model. Interested applicants may apply later this month when the Application Portal opens. The model will launch on July 1, 2024, in eight states: Colorado, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Washington, and will operate over a ten-year period.  This model aims to strengthen coordination between patients’ primary care clinicians, specialists, social service providers, and behavioral health clinicians, to drive improved chronic disease prevention, fewer emergency room visits, and better health outcomes.  While Rural Health Clinics are not eligible, other rural primary care providers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers) may seek to participate.