CMS Postpones LOI Deadline to May 2, Readies for Next Wave of ‘Next Generation ACO’ Participants

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Update: On March 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pushed back the deadline for letters of intent for 2017 Next Generation ACO participation to May 2, 2016.


April 1 is the deadline to submit a letter of intent to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model in 2017.

Letters of intent from healthcare organizations interested in applying to the Next Generation ACO Model for the January 1, 2017 start date must be submitted by April 1, 2016, according to an update from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The letter of intent (LOI) as well as more information about CMS’s newest accountable care organization model, including dates and times for Application Open Door Forums, can be found on the Next Generation ACO Model web page.

Only organizations that submit an LOI will be able to complete an application. Even applicants that submitted an application previously but are not participating in the Next Generation ACO Model for 2016 must complete and submit an LOI if they wish to apply to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model beginning in 2017, CMS stated.

Subsequent to the organization’s LOI, applications for 2017 Next Generation ACOs will be due in two parts:

  • The narrative portion is due May 25, 2016; and
  • The Participating Provider list is due June 3, 2016.

If an organization plans to submit more than one LOI, it should use a different email address for the primary contact listed on each LOI submission, CMS said in its Next Generation ACO LOI and application FAQs.

In 2016, there are currently 21 ACOs participating in the Next Generation ACO Model, an initiative for ACOs that are experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients. The Next Generation ACO model allows these provider groups to assume higher levels of financial risk and reward than are available under the current Pioneer and Shared Savings Program (MSSP) models. The goal of the Next Generation ACO model is to test whether strong financial incentives for ACOs, coupled with tools to support better patient engagement and care management, can improve health outcomes and lower expenditures for Original Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.

2015 metrics from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) found that one-fifth of healthcare organizations expect to participate in CMS’ new ‘Next Generation’ ACO Model in the future.

View an infographic on the Next Generation ACO model.

An April 5th webinar hosted by the Healthcare Intelligence Network will provide a value-based, risk contract roadmap to determine organizational readiness for participation in the Next Generation ACO Model in particular and in risk-based contracts in general. Click here for more details.


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