CMS to Announce 3 new Innovation Programs May 17

Pioneer ACO Model, Advanced Payment Program, Advanced Development Learning Session
Washington, DC — April 17, 2011.  At a Brookings Institution event hosted by Mark McClellan on ONC’s Beacon Communities today, Joe McCannon, Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced three programs to be more formally announced later today with more details:

1. Pioneer ACO Model: will tap groups experienced in coordinated care working together loking in first two years for higher level of share savings and higher level of risk. By third year, if successful, the model will move to population-based model.

2. Advanced Payment Program: proposal to provide advance on shared savings with strong oversight.

3. Advanced Development Learning Sessions:
four sessions proposed, starting June 20, 2011, with intense curriculums including executive teams to dive into what’s needed. First session on June 20 will focus on preparing for coordinated care opportunities.

More info to come later from CMS Innovation Center and from the major news sources covering health IT and CMS. Will catch up later on this at e-Healthcare Marketing.

Emailed May 17, 2011 by CMS.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced three Affordable Care Act initiatives designed to help put doctors, hospitals and other health care providers on the path to becoming Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and improve health care for Americans with Medicare.

First, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) is requesting applications for a new Pioneer ACO Model, which provides a faster path for mature ACOs that have already begun coordinating care for patients and are ready to move forward.

Second, the Innovation Center is seeking comment on the idea of an Advance Payment Initiative that give certain ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program access to their shared savings up front, helping them make the infrastructure and staff investments crucial to successfully coordinating and improving care for patients.

Finally, providers interested in learning more about how to coordinate patient care through ACOs can attend free new Accelerated Development Learning Sessions.  The Accelerated Development Learning Sessions will teach providers interested in becoming ACOs what steps they can take to improve care delivery and how to develop an action plan for moving toward providing better coordinated care.

Together with the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the initiatives announced today give providers a broad range of options and support that reflect the varying needs of providers in embarking on delivery system reforms.  CMS issued a proposed rule to implement the Medicare Shared Savings Program in March 2011 and is continuing to encourage and accept comments from providers and the public that will help strengthen the final rule.

These initiatives are part of a broader effort by the Obama Administration, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, to improve care and lower costs.

For more information about the announcement, click here.

For a fact sheet, click here.

For additional information about all of these initiatives, visit the Innovation Center website.

Reminder -Please join us on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 for a conference call with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald Berwick and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Acting Director Dr. Richard Gilfillan to discuss new efforts to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries through Accountable Care Organizations.

WHO: Dr. Donald Berwick, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Dr. Richard Gilfillan, Acting Director, CMS Innovation Center

Peter Lee, Deputy Director, CMS Innovation Center

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 2011,  1:30 PM EDT
DIAL:              1-800-837-1935
PASSCODE:  68658167

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