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Next Gen ACO Model: More Risk for More Optionality

As the health IT policy world awaits the future publication of the Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program and 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria proposed rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new opportunity, coined the “Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.”

CMS indicated that Next Gen ACOs will take on a more “performance risk” than ACOs in the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The primary benefits of assuming greater risk will be “a stable, predictable benchmark and flexible payment options that support ACO investments in care improvement infrastructure.” Additionally, the Next Gen ACOs will have more of a focus on patient communication, provider preferences, and other enhancements aimed directly at beneficiaries.

CMS will accept two rounds of Next Gen ACO applications (in 2015 and 2016) for 5-year-long programs. For the first round, interested ACOs must submit Letters of Intent by May 1, 2015, and applications by June 1, 2015. CMS provides an introductory webpage with basic resources about this opportunity, including the full RFA and some initial FAQs/guidance.

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