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Want to take part in CPC+? Get started with an application checklist

For those seeking a compelling reason to move to value-based care, a CMS initiative that's now accepting applications might be your answer.
If you're in an eligible region, get a start on the CPC+ process by understanding what you need to do to apply. You can find a two-page application checklist here.
As you'll find in the checklist, CMS requires practice-specific information, including revenue targets and current reporting information for meaningful use and EHR certification.
You'll find the full request for applications here.
As you peruse the checklist, consider some of the advantages of joining the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program:
  • Quarterly upfront payments, averaging between $15-$28 per beneficiary per month (PBPM) to help pay for care management investment.
  • Performance bonuses, of up to $4 PBPM, if you meet quality-reporting requirements.
  • Improved patient care and enhanced care coordination as a result of your operational improvement, increased access to care and larger staff -- elements that are baked into the CPC+ program.
  • Long-term benefits under MACRA. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 set up a new Part B payment structure, which will reward advanced alternative payment models (APMs) with a 5% payment bonus starting in 2019. CPC+ participants will be eligible for the APM payments, according to CMS.
If a shift to value-based care is what you're seeking, the CPC+ model might be a good way to start. CMS hopes so -- they plan to enroll 5,000 practices by the launch date of Jan. 1, 2017. The application process is open now; it closes on Sept. 15.
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