The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has 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 MCP Model will provide funding to build infrastructure, make primary care services more accessible, as well as better coordinate care with specialists.

CMS’ objective is to achieve savings over time through better preventive care and reducing potentially avoidable costs. The MCP model will run for 10.5 years, beginning July 1, 2024, and will engage state Medicaid agencies private payers.

Additional information is available from CMS here.