Affinity Groups

NAACOS has created a new educational opportunity called Affinity Groups that will focus on peer-to-peer exchange of current ACO and population health issues.  In addition to the in-person affinity group sessions to be held at our Fall and Spring Conferences, NAACOS will offer virtual sessions every few months throughout the year to provide a way for our members to have more peer-to-peer connection time.  There are currently five groups categorized by ACO role.  You may join one or more than one depending on your current roles and responsibilities.   You will need to sign up individually for each group that you would like to participate in – once you have signed up, you will receive the Zoom log-in information for the virtual meetings.  Additional information about the Fall Conference in-person meetings is forthcoming.

Operations Affinity Group
Led by Tori Bratcher, Karen Soja and Daniel Elliott
Meets: July 13, 2022, October 27, 2022, and January 26, 2023, from 3–4 pm ET in addition to Fall and Spring Conference sessions.
Participants should include managers and others who oversee day-to-day aspects of running an ACO such as building provider networks, engaging patients, practice transformation, and implementing projects to achieve the ACO’s financial and strategic goals, etc. 
Sign up for the Operations Affinity Group.

Quality Affinity Group
Led by Yates Lennon and Megan Reyna
Meets: July 20, 2022, November 3, 2022, and February 2, 2023, from 3–4 pm ET in addition to Fall and Spring Conference sessions.  
Participants should include managers and others who implement initiatives designed to improve, measure, and report the quality of care in an ACO, etc. 
Sign up for the Quality Affinity Group.

Data and Analytics Affinity Group
Led by Rick Forester, Patrick Donovan and Jessica Walradt
Meets: July 27, 2022, November 9, 2022, and February 16, 2023, from 3–4 pm ET, in addition to Fall and Spring Conference sessions.
Participants should include managers within ACOs who are responsible for integration, using data to analyze performance, creating and integrating data from sources like EMRs, claims and registries, etc.  
Sign up for the Data and Analytics Affinity Group.

Executive Affinity Group 
Led by Jen Moore and Melanie Matthews
Meets: August 3, 2022, November 17, 2022, and February 23, 2023, from 3–4 pm ET, in addition to Fall and Spring Conference sessions. 
Participants should include CEOs, CFOs, Executive Directors, Chief Value Officers, and others who oversee the ACO’s finances, budget, strategy, contracting, etc. 
Sign up for the Executive Affinity Group.

CMO and Clinical Affinity Group 
Led by Nina Taggart, MD and Rich Feifer, MD
Meets: August 10, 2022, December 1, 2022, and March 2, 2023, from 3–4 pm ET, in addition to Fall and Spring Conference sessions. 
Participants should include CMOs, CNOs, Pop Health Officers, and others who manage patient care, and clinical care redesign, etc. 
Sign up for the Clinical Affinity Group.