CMS Announces Request for Applications on ACO ‘Pioneer Program’ and More..

Just off the phone listening to Drs. Berwick, Gilfillan, and Jonathan Blum CMS conference call on ACO’s. According to CMS, the call replay is available ‘for the next two days’, via: 800.837.1935, use code: 68658167, held on 5/17/at 11 1:30 ET. 

We’ve recorded the session and it will be available via ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review as well [Program note, the audio is not the best, so your first choice is to listen by dialing the phone number above].

To access the filed document with the Office of the Federal Register, click here.

The original press release announcing the three CMS initiatives can be found here.

The CMS announcement is quoted in part below:

Organizations interested in applying to the Pioneer ACO Model must submit a letter of intent on or before June 10, 2011.  Applications must be received on or before July 18, 2011.  The Pioneer ACO Request for Application, the Letter of Intent form and the Application form  may be accessed at  The Innovation Center will hold an Open Door Forum to review the Pioneer ACO Model Request for Application on June 7, 2011.

More information about the Advance Payment ACO Model can be found at:  The Innovation Center will accept comments on the Advance Payment ACO Model, if submitted prior to June 17, 2011.  Comments should be submitted via email to:

Individuals wishing to attend the June Accelerated Development Learning Session in person may register at Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

More information about the Medicare Shared Savings Program can be found at:  The Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule can be downloaded at: .  Comments on the proposed rule, which can be submitted electronically to, must be received by June 6, 2012.


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