Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model Overview for Safety-Net Providers

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) recently released a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit a cohort of participants for the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model. 

CMS is hosting three (3) webinars intended for Safety-Net Providers interested in learning more about the ACO REACH model and how to participate in Performance Year (PY) 2023.  This target audience includes, but is not limited to, Rural Health Centers, Community Health Centers (CHCs) also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) Method II, and Sole Community Hospitals (SCH). These webinars will be presented via Zoom and will occur on the following the dates/times: 

  • Wednesday, April 6th at 10:30 -11:30 am EST (9:30 CST; 8:30 MST, 7:30 PST) 
  • Thursday, April 7th at 10:00 – 11:00 am EST (9:00 CST; 8:00 MST, 7:00 PST)  
  • Thursday, April 7th at 4:30 – 5:30 pm EST (3:30 CST; 2:30 MST, 1:30 PST) 

Please register in advance to attend the webinar at 

ACO REACH is a redesign of the Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) Model in response to stakeholder feedback, participant experience, including a commitment to advancing health equity. Its new name better reflects the purpose of the model: to improve the quality of care for people with Medicare through better care coordination, reaching and connecting health care providers and beneficiaries, including those beneficiaries who are underserved. 

Details on the ACO REACH model, as well as eligibility requirements can be found in the Request for Applications (RFA). Interested stakeholders should submit their application via web portal by April 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. 

Also, please monitor the ACO REACH website for future announcements and contact the model’s helpdesk at with any questions.