CMMI Alters Rules for the ACO Investment Model — More Rural Health Systems Will Qualify

On June 25th, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced two important changes to the rules for rural providers who are applying for the Medicare Shared Savings Program this year to become ACOs. Click here to read about the two important changes.

They have removed the 10,000 life cap for rural ACOs. This is very important because it is very difficult to estimate how many lives will be attributed to rural ACOs. By removing the cap, many more rural ACOs will qualify.

They are now also providing AIM funding to ACOs that applied in 2015.

Thanks for listening CMMI and CMS! Your support for rural providers is obvious and well-appreciated. Together we will create healthier communities and lower healthcare spending. Now the work begins.