As CMS kicks off the first performance year of a new care delivery model — in which provider groups and other entities will share risk and receive capitated payments for serving fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries — the initial round of participants indicates solid interest from Medicare Advantage organizations. Meanwhile, CMS has paused applications for future years of the so-called direct contracting model and is reevaluating a component that would have included Medicaid managed care organizations, raising questions as to what other value-based care models the CMS Innovation Center might have in the works or what modifications it could potentially make to this one.
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