We are hosting a free educational conference at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC on Monday, February 2nd, 2015; the day before the National Rural Health Association’s Policy Institute. Click here for information about the Policy Institute.
- New and existing ACO participants should attend to collaborate on ways to increase their success in the Program.
- Prospective ACO applicants should attend to hear first-hand from early adopters. It will be a fantastic opportunity to determine whether you can, or should, join an ACO as a means of transforming your delivery system.
Again, there is no cost to register!
Attendees will learn about the new ACO Investment Model Program, which pre-pays qualifying applicants, providing the start-up capital to fund ACO participation.
According to CMS, “The ACO Investment Model seeks to encourage uptake of coordinated, accountable care in rural geographies and areas where there has been little ACO activity, by offering pre-payment of shared savings in both upfront and ongoing per beneficiary per month payments.”
CMS will award $114 million, potentially funding 300 rural health systems, to foster participation in ACOs. Conference attendees will learn how to qualify and apply for this award opportunity.
CMS is at the table. Are you? We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!
Our mission is to collaboratively facilitate implementation of innovative healthcare models supporting quality, cost-effectiveness, and health promotion for the improvement of the well-being of community health systems.
The vision of the National Rural Accountable Care Organization Consortium is to be the national leader of the transformation of community healthcare systems from fee-based to value-based care by creating an affordable, replicable framework that results in improved health for our communities, at the lowest possible cost, and strengthens and preserves local access to care.
We are working toward these goals by forming a national network of community healthcare providers that benefit collectively from the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Members of the network will achieve savings through care coordination and healthcare technologies. By strategically using technology, process improvement, patient engagement, and informatics, we can improve access, reduce costs, and prepare the community health system for new reimbursement models based on wellness and health.
Contact the Consortium
The National Rural ACO Consortium
welcomes your questions.
P.O. Box 1330
Nevada City, CA 95959
Submit an Application
If your organization is considering participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2016, now is the time to start planning; the application deadline to CMS is July 31, 2015. We suggest that you begin discussions with medical staff and organizational leadership, including your Board of Directors, as soon as possible.
Applications to join the NRACO Consortium must be received no later than April 30, 2015 to join the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2016. Other ACO payor contracts have different deadlines.
Please read the Program Description and complete the 2016 Application Letter to get started.
A sustainable model for rural healthcare.
We offer a program that minimizes up-front investment and risk, provides turn-key solutions, and allows rural physician/hospital organizations to carefully implement and evaluate new delivery models.