Becker's Healthcare January 19, 2017
Emily Rappleye

CMS’ Next Generation ACO Model welcomed 28 entrants since the start of 2017, bringing the total number of participating organizations to 45.

ACOs selected for the Next Generation model have already cut their teeth elsewhere — in demonstrations like the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Model. The Next Generation program requires shouldering greater levels of financial risk than other ACO models — but it also offers a bigger payoff. And beginning in 2017, CMS is sweetening the deal. Next Generation ACOs will also qualify as advanced alternative payment models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s Quality Payment Program in the 2017 reporting year. This means clinicians with sufficient participation in a Next Generation ACO in 2017 may...