CMS Seeks Comments on ACO Funding, Announces New Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting comments through June 17 on whether it should allow certain accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program access to up front capital in order to make needed investments in staff and infrastructure, according to a notice the agency issued in response to concerns from the AHA and others.

Comments should be sent to In related news, CMS announced a new Pioneer ACO Model under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that will begin later this year and run through 2016. Aimed at organizations that already have experience coordinating care across care settings, the model aims to test a “more rapid transition” from traditional fee-for-service payments to payments for “coordination and outcomes” and to “promote a diversity of successful ACOs,” CMS said. Participants will be held to similar criteria as the MSSP. Also, on June 20-22, CMS will hold the first of four learning sessions for organizations interested in applying to become ACOs. To register for the session, to be held in Minneapolis, visit The AHA today sent members a Special Bulletin with details on these announcements.

05-19-2011 09:19 (EDT)