NEW CMS ACO Program Announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of a new initiative for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The announcement can be accessed at http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/ACO-Investment-Model/. Links to additional information are at the bottom of the announcement.

The new ACO Investment Model is designed to bring efforts to better coordinate care to rural and underserved areas by providing up to $114 million in upfront investments to up to 75 ACOs across the country. The ACO Investment Model is a model of pre-paid shared savings that builds on the experience with the Advance Payment Model to encourage new ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas and current Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs to transition to arrangements with greater financial risk. Eligibility is targeted to ACOs who joined the Shared Savings Program in 2012, 2013, 2014, and to new ACOs joining the Shared Savings Program in 2016. The application deadline for organizations that started in the Shared Savings Program in 2012 or 2013 will be December 1, 2014. Applications will be available in the Summer of 2015 for ACOs that started in the Shared Savings Program in 2014 or will start in 2016.

The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) believes this is an important opportunity for ACOs to consider. Please contact Mike Segal if you are interested in learning more.

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