CMMI Announces Direct Contracting Model’s First Cohort and Postponement of Second Cohort

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  • April 15, 2021

Last week, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the list of organizations participating in the Global and Professional tracks of the Direct Contracting Model, now referred to as the Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) Model. The list includes the names of the 53 Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) which began the first performance year (PY1) of the model on April 1, 2021 (see Figure 1). While CMMI initially intended to open the model up for a second round of applications with a start date of January 2022, it recently announced this application cycle has been postponed indefinitely. However, DCEs that applied previously and deferred their start date will still be permitted to begin next year, and CMMI has indicated it plans to review the model more closely, opening the possibility for future participation options.