CHA News Article

CMS Announces ACO Investment Model Providing Advance Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative this week to support accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The ACO Investment Model will provide advance payments to participating ACOs — either as a fixed, variable or monthly varying payment — to encourage new ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas, and to help current MSSP ACOs transition to arrangements with greater financial risk. Participation in the ACO Innovation Model will be limited to new MSSP ACOs joining in 2016 or ACOs that joined MSSP in 2012, 2013 or 2014. CMS will accept applications for the ACO Investment Model between Oct. 15 and Dec. 1 for ACOs that started in the MSSP in 2012 or 2013. The application period for ACOs that started in 2014 or will start in 2016 will open in the summer of 2015. For more information, including a fact sheet and link to the application, visit