What is the Primary Care First Model?

August 21, 2020
Todd Shryock

Todd Shryock, contributing author

Logan Lutton

CMS is launching a new payment model that emphasizes value and quality in primary care.

Primary Care First is based on the underlying principles of the existing CPC+ model design: prioritizing the doctor-patient relationship; enhancing care for patients with complex chronic needs and high need, seriously ill patients, reducing administrative burden, and focusing financial rewards on improved health outcomes.

CMS is currently selecting practices and payers who applied last year to start the program in January 2021. Here’s some background on the program.