CMS ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE ACO REACH MODEL

On February 24, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (REACH) model—a redesign of the Trump administration’s Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) model. The application portal will be available beginning March 7, 2022, and will close at 11:59 pm Eastern on April 22, 2022. Current Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) will not be required to submit an application, and will be accepted into the ACO REACH model if they have a strong compliance record in the GPDC model and agree to comply with REACH model requirements.

This article covers some of the significant changes to the GPDC model reflected in the new ACO REACH model. A CMS summary of the model changes is available here.

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