CMS Delays Primary Care First SIP Payment Model Indefinitely

Posted Monday, March 8, 2021

CMS is delaying implementation of the Primary Care First Serious Illness Population (SIP) payment model indefinitely.

The model was originally delayed from Jan. 1, 2021 to April 1, because providers have not had enough 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.

“The Primary Care First Model’s Seriously Ill Population component is currently under review and will not begin on the previously announced April 1, 2021 start date. CMS looks forward to sharing additional information when available,” CMS noted on its website.

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