CHA News Article

CMS Extends Accountable Health Communities Model Application Deadline to May 18

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model application deadline to May 18 at 10 a.m. (PT). The federal AHC model aims to address a critical gap between clinical care and community services in the health care delivery system by testing whether systematically identifying and addressing beneficiaries’ health-related social needs impacts total health care costs, and improves health and quality of care. The AHC model is based on emerging evidence suggesting that addressing health-related social needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Unmet health-related social needs, such as food security and adequate or stable housing, may increase the risk of developing chronic conditions, reduce an individual’s ability to manage these conditions, increase health care costs, and lead to avoidable health care utilization. 

Due to the potential for synergy between the federal AHC initiative and the California Health and Human Services Agency’s (CHHSA) California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI), CHHSA has encouraged CACHI applicants to apply for both awards. Should an applicant receive awards from both solicitations, CACHI would provide flexibility to the grantee to adapt the workplan under this grant to ensure it minimizes duplication and complements the federal initiative. CACHI applications are due April 29.

For more information about the AHC initiative, visit the CMS website. For more information about the CACHI initiative, visit the Community Partners website.