In another attempt to make life for physicians as confusing as possible, CMS has out-acronymed itself. Are you ready? Here are the highlights of an article that I beg you to try and decipher. The DaVinci Code has nothing on this:
- CMS Opens CPC+ to More Primary Care Practices
- As many as 1,500 primary care practices will have the opportunity for dual participation in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) payment model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday, May 27 released an updated fact sheet after receiving “feedback from a variety of stakeholders expressing interest in the dual participation of primary care practices in both an ACO and in CPC+.”
- CMS officials believe dual participation in CPC+ and an MSSP ACO “may enhance the coordination of care for Medicare beneficiaries and help to achieve our aims of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people,” according to a statement accompanying the fact sheet
- For practices in Track 2 of CPC+, there will be a payment impact in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. These practices will shift a portion of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments for “evaluation and management” into Comprehensive Primary Care Payments (CPCPs), an accounting move designed to reduce FFS payments while boosting comprehensiveness of care.
- According to the revised fact sheet, “The CPCP and reduced FFS payments together will be calculated based on an amount 10% larger than historical billings to support increased comprehensiveness of care.”
What the hell did I just read?