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3 ACO Initiatives to Know

Posted by ClearDirections on May 25th, 2011 in Accountable Care Organization, Hospital Management, Legislation, Uncategorized | No Comments

On Tuesday, May 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed three new Accountable Care Organization initiatives including the Pioneer ACO Model, Accelerated Development Learning Sessions, and the Advanced Payment ACO Model.

The Pioneer ACO Model has been designed for established ACOs that have already begun managing and coordinating care for patients.  To aid in reducing costs and improving quality, this model was developed to work in conjunction with private payers as well.  For more information about the Pioneer ACO Model, visit http://innovations.cms.gov/areas-of-focus/seamless-and-coordinated-care-models/pioneer-aco.

The Accelerated Development Learning Sessions initiative has been devised with the intent of providing educational programs for providers who are interested in developing an ACO.  There will be four learning sessions throughout 2011, the initial session dates are provided below and later session dates will be announced throughout the year.

The Advanced Payment ACO Model initiative is intended to provide savings to ACOs early in the process to help them cover initial costs associated with establishing and developing their organization.

Each of these initiatives has particular deadlines and important dates associated with them, which healthcare providers should be knowledgeable about.

June 10th

  • Due date for the Letter of Intent for organizations interested in the Pioneer ACO Model.

June 17th

  • The Innovation Center will accept comments about the advanced payment initiative until this date.  Comments can be submitted to advpayACO@cms.hhs.gov

June 20-22, 2011

  • First Accelerated Development Learning Session in Minneapolis, MN.  This session is free and also available on webcast.  The registration website is https://acoregister.rti.org.

July 18th

  • Application deadline for the Pioneer ACO Model.

We will continue to help you stay abreast of ACO news and deadlines in our blog.  You’ll also find on our “Articles and Talks” page links to the proposed regulation and commentary.