NAACOS Partner Network Mission

Organizations representing hundreds of accountable care organizations (ACOs) from all 50 states and the District of Columbia form the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS). NAACOS is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that allows ACOs to work together to increase quality of care, lower costs, and improve the health of their communities. Determined to create an environment for advocacy and shared learning, more than 350 member ACOs serve millions of beneficiaries.  In addition, NAACOS has more than 100 vendors in its Business Partners network. 

NAACOS is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the ACO membership. One of its major goals is to facilitate communication with the ACO vendor community through a special category of membership called Business Partner. These partners have special access to the NAACOS membership and exclusive opportunities for attending and exhibiting at NAACOS conferences which gather hundreds of leaders from the ACO community each spring and fall. These events provided a much-needed opportunity for ACO leaders to hear first-hand from CMS officials, to share best practices with peers, and to network with vendors. 

As all partners are vetted during the NAACOS application process to be relevant for the ACO model, NAACOS’ non-profit status mandates it remains neutral in any and all matters regarding member ACO choice. NAACOS will never favor one partner over another as it believes all partners have the capacity to help its ACO membership base with a variety of triple aim needs, budgets notwithstanding. 

Business Partner Definition: For-profit companies with products and services for sale to ACOs.

Business Partner Benefits:

  • Company's name/logo/link/description listed on the NAACOS Business Partner webpage
  • Opportunity to sponsor, exhibit and attend NAACOS conferences
  • Attendee lists for all NAACOS conferences
  • One promotional email to NAACOS members*
  • Complimentary registration to NAACOS live webinars and access to archived webinars
  • Complimentary tabletop display at one NAACOS conference (spring or fall, $3,500 value)
  • Free Job Board to place and view opportunities across the ACO and Partner community 

Business Partner Fee: Annual membership fee is $6,000. ** It is a rolling 12-month period which guarantees two conferences within the 12-month cycle. Other fees such as conference registration and sponsorships (conference, webinars, etc.) are not included.

* Each partner is allowed one email per year for an additional fee. Please contact [email protected] for further details. NAACOS forwards the copy to its members with the following heading: "As part of the NAACOS Business Partner program, we are sending our members the following information. NAACOS does not represent or endorse business partner messages but believes this information may at times be valuable to our members." Email addresses are not provided to the business partner. The email is limited to 500 words and can be in HTML or text. Messages can not include surveys or links to business partner surveys.

**Partnership dues are customarily, if not always, deductible by partners as a business expense for federal tax purposes subject to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities. NAACOS estimates that the nondeductible portion of partnership dues attributable to lobbying activities for the year ending December 31, 2020, is 15 percent.

Acceptance And Agreement: By submitting an application for partnership, the applicant accepts that business partnership costitutes a binding contract between both parties and the terms and conditons are binding. Cancellation of business partnership within one (1) week of application submission will remove all invoices and be held harmless. After one (1) week, the contract is binding and all dues are collectible within 30 days of invoice. If business partner applicant  does not pay within 30 days, NAACOS will void the invoice and place a one (1) year restrictriction on applicant’s ability to reapply to the business partner network.

Penalties and Termination: Both parties may cancel agreement at any time, although no portion of partnership dues will be refunded to partners that terminate prior to the end of the 12-month partnership term. NAACOS adopts a "good citizen" mantra for its Business Partner Network. Partners who work in an illegal and/or unethical manner, abuse resource privileges, and / or harass NAACOS members will be subject to immediate action. This action(s) includes, but not limited to termination of partnership benefits without refund, nonrenewal for partnership, denial of conference and/or exhibit entry.

NAACOS Business Partner Benefits: NAACOS promises to deliver all amenities and resources outlined above. Sponsorships for conferences, webinars, newsletters, etc. can be found in their respective prospectuses.

Business Partner Cancellation Policy: NAACOS reserves the right to cancel a partnership or deny a business partner’s renewal to retainpartner benefits and resources (See Penalties and Termination below).   

NAACOS Meeting Registration: Partners must pay registration fees to register their employees, including anyone staffing an exhibit. There are no exhibit-only registrations and the registration fees are NOT included in the partner dues. Each partner is limited to registering and paying for two employees (See Sponsorship prospectus). 

If the conference is cancelled, NAACOS will issue refunds for registration only. NAACOS shall have no liability regarding travel or other costs that might be incurred. Refunds for extenuating circumstances will not be processed more than 30 days after the conference. Once a registration has been submitted and paid in full, the registrant has two business days to cancel and receive a refund for the full amount. 

Cancellations for conferences made during this two-day period will not be charged a $100 processing fee. After two business days, however, the following cancellation policy will apply. Vendors (and any other non-ACOs) must be NAACOS Partners and may not register as non-members. If a vendor registers as an ACO non-member, then the vendor will have the option of joining NAACOS as a Business Partner or receiving a full refund, regardless of when the registration was submitted. NAACOS reserves the right to cancel any registration at any time. 

Registrants who cancel before NAACOS’ designated date (typically 6 weeks prior to event) will receive a refund for the conference registration fee less a $100 processing fee. After the designated date passes, no refunds will be issued for cancellations. NAACOS does not apply registration fees toward future NAACOS events. Substitutions may be made at any time and NAACOS does not charge a fee for substitutions. Contact [email protected] to process a substitution.