Hospice News March 6, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying implementation of the Primary Care First Serious Illness Population payment model and has not announced a new start date. The agency indicated the delay in a note on its Primary Care First website, promising more information in the near future.
The model had previously been delayed from Jan. 1, 2021 to April 1, saying that providers have not had sufficient time to prepare due to the need to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS has not made any statement as to the reason for the new delay, whether the decision is due to the pandemic or whether it represents a policy change under the new Biden Administration.