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Next Gen ACO Coalition Applauds Model Savings of $559 Million in 2019

Washington D.C. (Jan, 2021) – Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations (Next Gen ACOs) collectively saved $559 million last year, according to partial performance data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition, Next Gens maintained an average quality score of 93.7%. The release shows financial and quality performance for 37 of the […]

Advanced Alternative Payment Model Thresholds

Washington D.C. (Dec, 2020) – Next Generation ACO Coalition participants joined 501 practices across the country today calling on Congressional leaders to act to ensure access to strong financial incentives for clinicians participating in two-sided risk models that deliver high quality, coordinated, cost-effective care. Congress enacted legislation, the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act […]

CMS Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Comments

Washington D.C. (Oct, 2020) – On October 5, 2020, the Next Gen ACO Coalition submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. The letter responds to the agency’s proposals, including a proposal to transition Medicare ACOs to a new quality reporting system and performance standards […]

Members of Congress Urge House Leadership to Stop MACRA APM Threshold Cliff

Washington D.C. (Sept, 2020) – Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy encouraging the House to take action to ensure that entities participating in value-based care contracts continue to qualify for bonuses intended to reward clinicians that participate in performance-based risk in traditional […]

NGACO Model Adjustments for COVID-19

Washington D.C. (June, 2020) – The NGACO Coalition’s Feedback on Model Adjustments for COVID-19 (excerpt) On behalf of the Next Generation ACO Coalition, we write to thank you for the flexibilities you have implemented, including extending Next Gen for 2021, and request additional modifications to the program to bolster the move to performance-based risk. Next […]

CMS Extends Next Gen ACO Model for 2021

Washington D.C. (June, 2020) – Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced that the Next Generation ACO model will be extended for an additional year. On behalf of our 21 ACO members and the thousands of patients we serve across the country, the Next Generation ACO Coalition thanks CMS and […]

NGACO Coalition Asks CMS to Freeze MACRA Patient Count Threshold in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Washington D.C. (April, 2020) – The NGACO Coalition, which represents 20 of the Next Generation ACOs, is requesting that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services use its regulatory authority to freeze the MACRA patient count threshold for Advanced APM bonus eligibility at current levels. The attached document outlines the challenges presented by planned threshold […]

NGACO Coalition Feedback on Direct Contracting Model

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan, 2020) – The NGACO Coalition’s Feedback on Direct Contracting Model (excerpt) CMMI Should Reduce the Financial Exposure in the Direct Contracting (DC) Model Issue: The current financial model includes a 2-5% discount for global model participants; a 2% retention withhold for early termination; a 5% quality withhold; and a leakage withhold. CMMI […]

CMS Releases New ACO Case Studies

CMS has released three new case studies describing innovative programs from Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The case studies feature ACO initiatives related to: promoting staff development through leadership academies, conducting home visits, and engaging providers. The case studies highlight ACOs participating in the Next Generation ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Each […]

Codify Success of Next Gen Model into Regulatory Full-Risk Offering in Pathways for Success

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 30, 2019) – The Next Generation (Next Gen) Accountable Care Organization Coalition represents 21 of the existing Next Gen ACOs. We appreciate the opportunity to weigh in as you continue to design and implement the future portfolio of performance-based risk models. The Next Generation ACO model has demonstrated that organizations can be successful […]