For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2021

CMS Announces Primary Care First Model’s Seriously Ill Population Component Will Not Begin on April 1, 2021

(Alexandria, Va) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the Primary Care First (PCF) Model’s Seriously Ill Population (SIP) component is “under review and will not begin on the previously announced April 1, 2021 launch date.”

According to CMS, both practice and payer applicants will be notified of any updates on a rolling basis, as information becomes available. Updates for the SIP component will also be posted to the CMS Innovation Center’s Primary Care First Model Options resources page.

As the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) anticipated this delay, work is currently underway with the CMS Innovation Center on the SIP model to ensure that beneficiaries facing serious illness will have access to high-quality, person-centered care.


Jon Radulovic
Ph: 571-412-3973