If Direct Contracting Model Dies, MA Startups Could Suffer
Some Medicare Advantage insurers could take a hit if HHS decides to cancel an increasingly controversial care delivery model that allows participants to share risk and receive capitated payments for serving fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare beneficiaries.
The Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) model fully launched in April 2021, with 53 Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) participating. Although most DCEs were provider-led organizations such as Iora Health, some MA insurers also threw their hats into the ring, including startup Clover Health; Humana Inc., under the CenterWell brand name; and Anthem, Inc., under the CareMore brand name.
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