CHA News Article

HHS Announces Accountable Health Communities Model

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model program, designed to assess whether screening Medicare / Medicaid beneficiaries for “health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services” can improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. The five-year program, administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), could provide up to $157 million for participating grantees who use the AHC model at clinical delivery sites to address health-related social needs. AHC will support up to 44 bridge organizations to test three scalable approaches: community referral, community service navigation and community service alignment.

CMS will host a webinar to discuss AHC and the application process on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (PT) and again on Jan. 27 from noon – 1:30 p.m. (PT). Online registration is currently open.