The Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model — a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) creation — has been put on pause.
The holdup is just another example of CMMI pumping the brakes on an alternative payment model in the days since the Biden administration took over the executive branch.
Broadly, the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model offers different options to involve private health care companies in risk-sharing arrangements for traditional Medicare. The goal is to lower costs while improving care for Medicare-eligible patients.
The 53 organizations that had been admitted to the direct-contracting program — whether through the “Global” or “Professional” track — already are being grandfathered in, essentially. But for now, any additional applicants will have to wait.