ACO News

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November 2017

CMS releases final rule cancelling cardiac episode payment models along with technical fact sheet

October 2017

CMS releases 2016 Medicare ACO performance results, read NAACOS highlights of results 

NAACOS provides detailed recommendations to CMS on how to enhance program reports and files

September 2017

NAACOS letter to CMS details concerns with complexity and lack of data on overlapping APMs

NAACOS submits comments to CMS on proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule urging regulatory relief and other changes

August 2017

NAACOS submits comments to CMS on 2018 Quality Payment Program proposals

CMS proposed regulation cancels mandatory cardiac bundles and limits the CJR program

June 2017

New Public Health Post blog by NAACOS highlights ACOs’ successful performance and quality

NAACOS Comments on MACRA Joint Letter to CMS

May 2017

CMS postpones implementation of new cardiac and SHFFT episodes to Jan. 1, 2018

NAACOS Statement on CHRONIC Care Act Movement

CMS issues MIPS eligibility notifications

April 2017

CMS issues MIPS eligibility notifications 

NAACOS submits comments to PTAC on the importance of protecting the goals of population health focused delivery models

NAACOS outlines concerns regarding ACO overlap with bundled payment models in response to CMS interim final rule delaying new cardiac episodes

March 2017

NAACOS letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on ACO improvements

CMS issues further delay of new episode payment models to Oct. 1, 2017

February 2017

NAACOS letter congratulates Secretary Price on his confirmation and offers ACO policy recommendations

NAACOS Summary of Accessing Substance Use Disorder Information Final Rule 

January 2017

CMS Press Release on Announcement of 2017 ACO Class

NAACOS Joins CMS in Welcoming 525 ACOs in 2017! NAACOS Press Release

ASPE releases report to Congress on social risk factors & value based programs, addressing ACOs specifically in Chapter 9 (page 222) 

NAACOS resource on key policy issues for ACOs in 2017

CMS releases Track 1+ program information and FAQs in this factsheet

Improving ACOs in 2017: NAACOS Advocacy Agenda

December 2016

NAACOS submits comments to CMS on MACRA Final Rule with Comment Period

CMS finalizes Episode Payment rule creating new bundled payment model for cardiac services

NAACOS and others submit comments to CMS on developing Track 1+

NAACOS and Premier press release on comments to CMS on developing Track 1+

Senate Finance Chairman Hatch to Convene Medicaid Roundtable with Governors

November 2016

NAACOS releases final 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule summary reviewing key changes for ACOs

CMS releases the final 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 

October 2016

CMS releases final MACRA rule  NAACOS releases The ACOs Guide to MACRA     

NAACOS Overview of 2015 ACO Participants’ QRURs

NAACOS submits comments to CMS on proposed bundled payment rule

September 2016

NAACOS Press Release on The ACO Improvement Act of 2016

The ACO Improvement Act of 2016 introduced in the House

Harvard Researchers study on changes in MSSP savings from 2013 to 2014

NAACOS resource on the effect of Medicare classification of ESRD beneficiaries on ACO expenditures

NAACOS releases comprehensive analysis on Performance Year 3 results

NAACOS submits comments on the proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule       

August 2016

Scoring Sign-on Letter

CMS Releases PY2015 ACO Results

MACRA Talking Points for ACOs- How to discuss the benefits of ACO participation in a post-MACRA world

Overview of the CMS proposed rule expanding episode payment models, including a new cardiac bundled payment

CMS announces 14 CPC+ regions, practice applications due by Sept. 15           

July 2016
NAACOS Analysis of the Proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

NAACOS releases results of a survey of ACOs rating of vendors for the CAHPS process           

NAACOS sends letter to CMS urging caution in implementing new bundled payment initiatives          

CMS releases proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and related Fact Sheet           

NAACOS resource comparing CPC+ and MSSP, including details on criteria for ACO primary care practices participating in both programs

New member resource: MIPS APM Scoring Standard Fact Sheet - Learn more about the MIPS APM Scoring Standard for ACOs as proposed by CMS in the MACRA NPRM

June 2016
NAACOS comments to CMS on proposed MACRA regulation

NAACOS Summary of Final MSSP Benchmarking Rule

Dentons Analysis of IRS Ruling (summary and detailed analysis)

CMS releases Final MSSP Benchmarking Rule         

ACOs at a Crossroads White Paper         

May 2016
ACO Cost and MACRA Implementation Survey

NEJM article When Payment Systems Collide, ACOs and Bundled Payments         

April 2016
NAACOS outlines initial statement with concerns about CMS’s MACRA proposed rule         

CMS releases major MACRA proposed rule (and overview)

NAACOS and ACO Community Send Letter to CMS Voicing Concerns about Overlap of Bundles and ACOs

NAACOS Letter Urges CMS to Include ACOs in CPC+

NAACOS comments on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder proposed rule    

March 2016
NAACOS and Other Prominent Organizations Submit Comments to CMS on Regional Benchmarking NPRM         

NAACOS comments on HCPLAN Financial Benchmarking White Paper

NAACOS' Advanced Payment Model (APM) Talking Points

NAACOS submits letter to CMS on draft quality measure development plan

February 2016
NAACOS ACO Comparison Chart         

NAACOS Creates Medicare Value-based Payment Modifier Resource for ACOs

NAACOS Comments on Effects of Stark Law

NAACOS Benchmarking NPRM Summary         

January 2016
CMS releases proposed benchmarking regulation and factsheet         

NAACOS submits comments on the Senate Finance Committee's Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group Policy Options Document

NAACOS Comments on CMS' Announcement of 2016 ACO Class         

NAACOS comments on CMS proposed rule outlining changes to hospital and home health post-discharge processes         

December 2015
ACOs Having Early Success with Quality, Costs - Boston Globe

Critical Changes in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - NAACOS Summary          

November 2015
NAACOS comments on CMS’ MACRA request for information

NAACOS Overview of CJR Model

CMS Release physician fee schedule final rule

CMS CJR Final Rule Released on Monday, November 16

CMS Releases CJR Fact Sheet 

NAACOS Comments on Release of CMS CJR Final Rule

September 2015
NAACOS Signs Comment Letter with Patient Quality of Life Coalition on CY2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

NAACOS Comments on Phys Fee 2016


August 2015
CMS Announces 2014 ACOs

CMS Fact Sheet Regarding 2014 ACO

 NAACOS Comments on 2014 ACO Results

July 2015
NAACOS response to WSJ Commentary favoring bundled payment over ACOs

June 2015
NAACOS letter to the Senate Finance Committee on ACOs positively impacting chronic care management

CMS Releases MSSP ACO Final Rule 

NAACOS Press Release Regarding CMS MSSP ACO Final Rule

April 2015
CRS summary of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015

March 2015
NAACOS Press Release regarding Next Gen ACO Model

CMS-CMMI Announces Next Generation ACO Risk Model

February 2015
Ways & Means members Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) submit letter to CMS in support of the MSSP program.

January 2015
HHS sets clear goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value. Read their press release.

Dentons' U.S. Policy Scan 2015 - A detailed analysis of information about the new Congress, the competing legislative agendas, the new members and their backgrounds, the new committee leadership and rosters and the legislative calendar.

December 2014
NAACOS Submits Comments on OIG Fraud and Abuse Waiver Proposed Rule

CMS has published the proposed rule changes to the MSSP program. We are providing you with links to the full text.

NAACOS' press release and the MSSP NPRM Fact Sheet.

November 2014
Denton's Election Insight 2014 offers a detailed analysis of the key races, themes and impacts of the November elections, and profiles the new leaders issues and priorities that will form the contours of the 114th Congress, state houses and the remainder of Obama administration's second term in office.

NAACOS Announces New Survey Results. As part of the NAACOS member Newsletter, only 8% of MSSP ACOs say they are likely to remain in the program. Read more.

October 2014 
The final 2015 CMS rules on Quality Measures and Benchmarking for the MSSP were published October 31, 2014. Read the text of the rule applicable to ACOs.

September 2014
NAACOS comments on CMS First Year ACO Results

CMS Press Release on First Year ACO Results

NAACOS press release for comment letter to CMS on proposed rule.

NAACOS releases comment letter to CMS on 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

July 2014
CMS has posted new proposed rules for Quality Measures and Benchmarking as part of the 2014 physician payment rules. View the CMS proposed rules HERE. View the NAACOS Summary of the CMS proposal HERE.

June 2014
NAACOS comments to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on the confidentiality of substance abuse treatment record.

NAACOS comments urge improvements to the availability and use of telehealth services

Analysis of CMS Data Reporting Improvements - NAACOS has created an analysis in table format of CMS' response to requests for ACO data reporting improvements.

New Push for TeleHealth in ACOs - NAACOS has co-signed a letter to HHS urging CMS to grant a waiver to permit all ACOs to use and bill for TeleHealth services. HHS clearly has the authority but so far has been unwilling to exercise it.

April 2014
NAACOS poll of ACO Executives shows that 2/3 of the MSSP ACOs are unlikely to renew their 3-year contract with CMS

February 2014
CMS Releases MSSP 2012 Results by ACO

NAACOS DataTask Force

The NAACOS MSSP Data Task Force has finished its work and their White Paper has been sent to CMS for consideration. We think that it is an excellent analysis of the shortcomings in the current data feeds and reports and makes a number of recommendations for improvement. Please feel free to distribute as appropriate. We will keep you informed of discussions with CMS and truly hope this will result in substantial improvements in MSSP ACO data.

January 30, 2014
CMS Announces ACO Savings from 2012 ACOs

NAACOS Comments on First Year ACO Results 

January 22, 2014
NAACOS Releases Results from First Ever Survey of ACO First Year Start-Up Costs and IT Spending 
NAACOS is actively engaged with CMS and Congress to improve the Medicare ACO program. To facilitate these discussions, NAACOS conducted a short, 11 question survey to all known ACOs. The survey was designed to capture vital new information from the April 1, 2012 and July 1, 2012 CMS MSSP ACOs after their first full year of operation. This was the first large-scale examination of actual first-year start-up costs and IT spending experienced by ACOs.

December 23, 2013
CMS Announces 123 New Accountable Care Organizations

November 12, 2013
NAACOS Submits Comments to Congress on Medicare SGR
Click here to view Congress's proposed changes to Medicare SGR and Medicare Physician Payment Reform

September 5, 2013
NAACOS Opposes CMS Proposed Changes to ACO Quality Benchmarks

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