ACO Application Opens for Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) and application cycle dates for a January 1, 2020, start date for the Medicare Shared Savings Program Pathways to Success. Beginning June 11, 2019, CMS will start accepting NOIAs via the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Management System. Organizations must submit a NOIA to apply for the BASIC or ENHANCED track of the Shared Savings Program, apply for a Skilled Nursing Facility 3-Day Rule Waiver, and/or establish and operate a Beneficiary Incentive Program.

NOIA submissions are due no later than June 28 at 12 pm ET. ACOs will have an opportunity to make changes to their tracks, repayment mechanisms and other NOIA-related information during the application submission period. CMS also allows ACOs to submit sample documentation (e.g., sample ACO participant agreements) with their NOIA in order to receive feedback from CMS before the application period opens.

The application submission period will be open from July 1 through July 29, 2019, at 12 pm ET. More information is available on the Medicare Shared Savings Program website.


For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Mara McDermott at 202-204-1462/