The Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access and Community Health (ACO REACH) payment model will launch on Jan. 1, 2023, and hospices that collaborate with participating ACOs could realize some unique benefits.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation announced the program in February to replace the Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) models. The agency said that ACO REACH reflects its redesigned strategy for payment system demonstrations, with advancing health equity as a key tenet.
“Accountable Care is the cornerstone of that strategy. Integration, team-based coordinated care through advanced primary care and ACOs is really the linchpin to driving better outcomes and bending the health care cost curve,” CMMI Director Elizabeth Fowler said at the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) conference earlier this year. “As part of the strategy, we laid out five objectives. And we set a bold goal of having 100% of Medicare beneficiaries and the vast majority of Medicaid beneficiaries in accountable care relationships with providers who are responsible for cost of care and quality.”