What is the Primary Care First Model & Why Does it Matter?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the Primary Care First (PCF), a voluntary, five-year alternative payment model. The objective is to strengthen access and quality of care through an innovative payment model.
It's designed to strengthen primary care and address urgent needs while offering the support of serious illness care services to Medicare beneficiaries. The model’s payment options test whether the delivery of advanced primary care can reduce the total cost of care for patients.
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What are the goals of the PCF Model?
The PCF Model rewards quality and value of primary care.
Who is eligible for the PCF Model?
To participate in the Options, practices must meet a number of criteria.
Is the PCF payment model right for my practice?
Understand what sets the PCF Model apart from other payment models.
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Having a primary care provider is also beneficial to patients’ financial well being; they save 33% on healthcare costs annually compared to those who only see specialists.