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Payment Model Brief: Direct Contracting

In the latest VSSL brief, a group of Lab team members provided an overview of Direct Contracting, a set of forthcoming payment models designed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve patient outcomes.

Like the prior brief focused on the Primary Care First, the Direct Contracting brief focuses on major alternative payment models (APMs) that seek to improve the value of care.


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As Drs. Staloff, Liao, Clodfelter, and Marcotte note:


"In January 2021, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to launch its Direct Contracting (DC) payment model, a five-year program designed to foster innovative care delivery, with particular focus on primary care, by interested provider organizations. DC aims to include organizations that may not have previously been eligible for participation in CMS alternative payment model programs and to provide participants with flexibility in managing population health. 1 Drawing on lessons learned from CMS’s existing Accountable Care Organization (ACO) models, the DC model will engage organizations as one of three types of participants, i.e., Direct Contract Entities (DCEs)."


Read the full Direct Contracting brief here. Browse other briefs in the VSSL Volumes collection here.

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