CMS Now Accepting Applications for Joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Apply by June 17.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting applications for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, in which groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers collaborate,  with the goal of offering coordinated high-quality care to people with Medicare. ACOs inexperienced with risk-based payments and who provide care to rural and underserved beneficiaries may be interested in Advance Investment Payments, and those interested in alternative payments for primary care providers may consider the ACO Primary Care Flex Model.  For both of these options, ACOs must first apply to the Shared Savings Program.  To learn more about the application process, register for the upcoming June 5 webinar on Completing Phase 1 of the Application and Avoiding Common Deficiencies. Email questions to