Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that North Carolina is among eight states selected to participate in its Making Care Primary (MCP) practice model initiative.

The innovation effort model seeks to improve care for patients by:

1) expanding and enhancing care management and care coordination,
2) equipping primary care clinicians with tools to form partnerships with health care specialists, and
3) leveraging community-based connections to address patients’ health needs as well as their health-related social needs.

The NC Medical Society, in conjunction with, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, NC-AHEC, NC Medical Group Managers Association, and the NC Community Health Center Association will co-host two learning sessions for practices to learn more about the new CMS Innovation Center’s Making Care Primary Model: Monday, November 20th and the national session on Tuesday, November 21st.

Monday, November 20th, at 6 p.m., Nicholas Minter, MPP, Director of the Division of Advanced Primary Care, Patient Care Models Group at the CMS Innovation Center will provide a brief presentation and take questions from North Carolina practices that have applied or plan to apply for the model. Be sure to register here to attend.

Tuesday, November 21st, at 2 p.m., the MCP Team will hold a National Office Hours webinar. In addition to a live Q&A, attendees will be able to submit questions in advance by registering here. Please note, this will be the final Office Hour event before the application portal closes on Thursday, November 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Interested organizations are encouraged to begin their applications even if they are not prepared to submit at this time; doing so helps CMS provide more tailored support to applicants. Eligibility requirements and additional model details can be found in the Request for Applications.

To support application submission, the MCP team has made available the following resources:

Additional resources for interested applicants:

For questions about the Making Care Primary Model, please reach out to [email protected].