The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is delaying the ACO Track of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model, to the disappointment of the National Association of ACOs.
CMS gave no reason for the delay from this spring to spring 2022.
The delay applies only to the ACO Transformation Track of the CHART Model, and not to the Community Transformation Track.
Clif Gaus, president and CEO of the National Association of ACOs, called the delay for ACOs a short-term setback.
“We look forward to working with the CMS Innovation Center to expand the eligibility and scale of a new ACO loan program for rural and small ACOs,” Gaus said. “CHART’s precursor, the ACO Investment Model, was one of the most successful Innovation Center models, creating a path toward alternative payment model participation for providers who would otherwise struggle to get there.”