For ACO REACH, we help build networks of Preferred Providers that encompass specialists and other healthcare providers who not only understand but support the importance of coordinated high quality care. These providers have agreed to voluntarily collaborate in coordinating care, exchanging data and information, and adhering to evidence-based practices to improve care quality while lowering costs.
We value the crucial role played by preferred providers in delivering care. By electing to be a part of the preferred provider network, together we can achieve quantifiable enhancements in patient outcomes and elevate the quality of care for our patients.
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The new era of transformation offers meaningful improvements to physicians, patients, and practices. By joining the preferred provider network, preferred providers will:
Expand Value-Based Care
Access to a Broader Patient Population
Participate in Advanced Payment Model
Focus on Patients
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ACO REACH and does this impact all Medicare beneficiaries?
In an effort to drive health system transformation and achieve equitable outcomes through high-quality, affordable, person-centered care for all patients in Traditional Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the ACO REACH model, the successor to the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model (GPDC), in early 2022.
Beneficiaries with Traditional Medicare retain all of their rights, coverage, and benefits, including the freedom to see any Medicare provider. Like previous ACO models, the ACO REACH Model prohibits limited networks, prior authorization or any other means of restricting care. CMS expects that beneficiaries with providers participating in ACO REACH will benefit from improvements in quality of care, enhanced services, like telehealth, home visits after leaving the hospital, cost sharing support, and greater access for underserved communities, reaching beneficiaries who have not previously received coordinated care.
I participate in an ACO. Does this mean I am already in ACO REACH?
No, not all ACOs are participating in the ACO REACH model. The good news is that even if your ACO doesn’t participate in ACO REACH, as a Preferred Provider you can participate with more than one ACO REACH entity.
Why should my practice become an ACO REACH Preferred Provider?
We recognize the critical role you play in delivering care. By choosing to join the Preferred Provider network, there is an opportunity to produce measurable improvements in patient outcomes and enhance the quality of care for patients.The new era of transformation offers meaningful improvements to physicians, patients, and practices. By joining the Preferred Provider network, you will have an opportunity to:
- Expand value-based models to a larger population
- Address and focus on health concerns that matter to patients and physicians.
- Participate in an advanced CMS model that will serve to guide current and future models in health equity.
- Increase the potential volume of patient referral.
What are the benefits for patients under the ACO REACH program?
In the ACO REACH program, we are working together to help:
- better coordinate patient care
- offer services that can improve a patient’s care, including greater access to enhanced benefits such as telehealth visits, home care after leaving the hospital, and copay assistance
- get care when a patient needs it
- help ensure patients get quality care
- reduce the total cost of care
Which Medicare beneficiaries qualify?
To qualify as a potential ACO REACH entity aligned beneficiary, Medicare beneficiaries must meet all of the following criteria:
- Enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B
- Not enrolled in Medicare Advantage plan or with another payer such that Medicare is the beneficiary’s secondary payer
- Resident of the United States
- Resident of a county that is included in the ACO REACH service area.
Beneficiaries that meet the above criteria are assessed by CMS using ACO REACH’s attribution methodology.
What is patient attribution and how does it work?
Attribution may also be referred to as assignment or alignment and is the methodology used by CMS to identify the beneficiaries associated with an ACO REACH entity.
Medicare beneficiaries are aligned to each ACO REACH entity based on:
Claims Attribution - CMS attribution model that identifies patients with a plurality of claims submitted by Participant providers
Voluntary Alignment - The patient voluntarily chooses to become an aligned patient
For more information,visit CMS website https://www.cms.gov/files/document/medicare-shared-savings-program-shared-savings-and-losses-and-assignment-methodology-specifications.pdf-1
What to do if you receive a letter inviting your practice to become a Preferred Provider?
If you receive a letter inviting your practice to become a preferred provider, use the reference number provided in the letter to contact Honest.
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How does the fee reduction work?
The fee reduction specified in the PP contract will solely be applicable to ACO REACH beneficiaries associated with the contracting ACO entity of the PP.
The ACO entity will furnish the provider roster and fee reduction information to CMS through the 4i reporting system, which will then share the data with the local MAC (Medicare Administrative Contractor )(MAC).
Subsequently, the MAC will apply the discount to all Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims submitted by the practice, utilizing the provider roster and fee reduction data provided by the ACO entity, and the ACO entity’s list of attributed Medicare beneficiaries.
What is Honest’s role in ACO REACH?
Honest is a market leading value-based care and physician enablement company that forms partnerships with prominent, local physician organizations, so doctors can better focus on the unique needs of their patients. Our care model, technology and analytics supports whole-person-care which is essential for creating more value for patients and physicians in the ACO REACH model.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have questions regarding the preferred Preferred provider Provider contracting process, your existing preferred Preferred provider Provider agreement, how to update your roster, or other general ACO REACH questions, please contact Honest at email@example.com.
For questions regarding application of the fee reduction or other claims related questions, please contact your MAC at:
For more information on ACO REACH, please visit the CMS Innovation website.