Direct Contracting Model

What is a DC?

The Direct Contracting (DC) Model was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to engage a wide range of practices and organizations in risk-sharing arrangements. The Model aims to drive value, high-quality healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries. Based on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Next Generation ACO Model, the Model provides Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) with an opportunity to leverage benefit enhancements and waivers to create innovative healthcare interventions and increase quality of care. Beneficiary choice, engagement, and experience are a focus of the model. DCEs will be rewarded for reducing healthcare costs and improving quality of care and health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.

Collaborative Health Systems (CHS) partner providers have successfully participated in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Next Generation ACO Model and are well positioned to enter the DC Model. CHS is collaborating with partners to prepare applications for 2021 with an expected 2022 start.

Model Start: April 1, 2021

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