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News Release
March 30, 2020 

NAACOS Statement on the One-Year Delay
of the Rural-Focused CHART Model’s ACO Transformation Track
Attributed to Clif Gaus, Sc.D., President and CEO of the National Association of ACOs 

The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) is disappointed today to see a delay in the ACO track of the CHART Model. 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. 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. NAACOS previously expressed support for CHART but commented to CMS that it would help too few providers and urged the agency to allow for broader participation. A new innovative CHART 2.0 option for ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program would help foster the growth of new ACOs in underserved communities, improve beneficiary care and create savings for the Medicare program. Today’s announcement is a short-term setback but also provides an opportunity to work with CMS to grow participation in this type of accountable care investment model as well as population health-focused payment models.  


David Pittman
NAACOS Senior Policy Advisor
202-640-2689 or [email protected]