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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 […]

CMS Releases Care Coordination Toolkit and Series of ACO Case Studies

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 10, 2019) – CMS has released a public ACO Care Coordination Toolkit showing the work of ACOs and End-Stage Renal Disease Care (ESRD) Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) participating in the Shared Savings Program, Next Generation ACO Model, and the Comprehensive ESRD Care Model. The toolkit highlights innovative care coordination strategies that ACOs […]

Improving Transparency for Innovation Center Models

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 26, 2019) – The undersigned organizations write to encourage the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) to continue to improve transparency and stability as you develop a successful portfolio of payment models. While we appreciate steps the agency has taken, such as hosting stakeholder roundtable discussions to gather input, […]

Next Gen ACO Coalition Applauds CMS’ Continued Commitment to Advancing Performance-Based Risk Models

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 21, 2018) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today reported more than $164 million in Medicare savings – with strong performance on quality metrics – for 44 Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations in 2017.  This builds on savings of $62 million across 18 Next Generation ACOs in 2016. “We applaud […]