Primary Care First

Unlock the Value of Primary Care First

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid recently unveiled their Primary Care First (PCF) model to improve the quality of care for Medicare patients while reducing costs. The Seriously Ill Population model under PCF is designed for high-need, high risk patients who are receiving fragmented or inadequate care. This new model will be offered in 26 states and regions.

The applications are out and are due by January 22, 2020.  Acclivity offers an Assessment that does real-time analyses and provides the information you need to evaluate and submit your application.

How will Primary Care First-SIP Work for You

Under the new Primary Care First–Seriously Ill Population (PCF-SIP) Option, participating hospice and palliative care organizations can reap financial rewards by coordinating the care of patients with advanced illnesses and keeping them out of the hospital. Some benefits to you include:

  • Reimbursement for services you can’t bill for today
  • Bonus opportunities when patients are well-managed
  • Earlier access to hospice-ready or soon-to-be hospice appropriate patients
  • Increased referrals through stronger relationships with community providers
  • Experience working with Medicare Advantage payers, giving you an advantage over other hospices

Educational Sessions Designed For You

Past Webinars

CMMI’s Primary Care First Model – Seriously Ill Population (SIP): Overview and Request for Applications (presented on November 15)

This webinar focuses on the recently released Request for Applications (RFA) for the Primary Care First- Seriously Ill Population model. The application period for practices applying to begin participation in the model in January 2021 opened on October 24, 2019 and will close on January 22, 2020. The presentation provides a detailed overview of the RFA and how hospices and palliative care organizations can be best prepared to apply and participate. The session also explores hospices readiness to provide SIP programming as well as the specific areas for providers to address to take advantage of this opportunity.

To listen to the webinar, click here.

Primary Care First SIP Webinar (presented on October 24, 2019)

Seriously Ill Population Program from CMS Statewide in January – How to Win in the Age of Reimbursement Reform

To download the slides, click here.

Two-part NHPCO webinar series: Current and Emerging CMS Payment Models: Intersection between Hospice, Palliative and Primary Care.

Part 1 provides an understanding behind medicare’s urgency, and important considerations including economic model announcements, risk intermediaries, new expectations and requirements, new competition, and the economics of evolution. To listen to Part 1, click here

Part 2 dives deeper and covers  hospices’ readiness to provide SIP programming as well as the specific areas for providers to address around staffing, care provision, documentation, on-call, data analysis, budgeting, internal culture, marketing, networking, and contracting. To listen to Part 2, click here.

Two-part NHPCO Podcast: Seriously Ill Population

Hospice providers are in a unique position to meet patient and family needs outside of the hospice model.  Hear how the CMS Serious Illness Population Model is such an opportunity for providers to reach people earlier in the course of illness and develop a potentially new revenue source for many services programs you are already skilled at providing. Listen to the podcast.

Acclivity Health is pleased to partner with NHPCO through its Edge program. Learn more.

At Acclivity, we are dedicated to helping you navigate through these options. The resources on this page have been developed to help you understand, assess benefits, and participate in the program.

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