Emerging Models: Direct Contracting

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Direct Contracting (DC) is part of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Primary Cares Initiative and was released in April 2019. It is one of the newest Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) risk sharing models built on lessons learned from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation ACOs (NGACOs) and leverages innovative approaches from Medicare Advantage (MA) and private sector risk-sharing arrangements. The design is intended to broaden participation beyond current participants in Medicare FFS risk models by attracting traditional providers new to risk as well as other innovative partnerships/organizations looking to take risk for Medicare FFS beneficiaries.

This module consists of two component: 

Direct Contracting Brief: three pages, pdf

Highlights key components of CMS’ Direct Contracting Model options noting opportunities for SNFs

Direct Contracting Overview: six pages, pdf

Provides a detailed overview of Direct Contracting including types of participants, payment, beneficiary alignment, quality incentives, and a model timeline.


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Direct Contracting Brief: three pages, pdf
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Highlights key components of CMS’ Direct Contracting Model options noting opportunities for SNFs 3 pages, pdf
Direct Contracting Overview: six pages, pdf
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Provides a detailed overview of Direct Contracting including types of participants, payment, beneficiary alignment, quality incentives, and a model timeline. 6 pages, PDF
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