May 25, 2021

Around the nation: CMMI opts not to extend Next Generation ACO Model

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    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) on Friday announced it will not extend the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and New Hampshire.

    • California: State health officials announced Friday that California will allow businesses to operate at full capacity and no longer require social distancing beginning June 15. Under the new policy, state officials will require people to prove their vaccination status or provide a negative test result within 72 hours to attend indoor events with more than 5,000 people and recommend the same for outdoor events with more than 10,000 people. In addition, state officials said they would, by mid-June, start following CDC's mask guidelines (Thompson, Associated Press, 5/21; Gorman, Reuters, 5/21).
    • District of Columbia: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) on Friday announced it will not extend the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model through 2022. Under the model, accountable care organizations (ACOs) were permitted to take on more risk than under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. In the announcement, CMMI said participants in the Next Generation ACO Model can apply for the standard track of the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model. Clif Gaus, CEO of the National Association of ACOs, in a statement said, "We appreciate today's move to allow Next Gen ACOs a limited opportunity to apply for direct contracting … starting next year. This will be a viable path for some to continue participation in an innovative, accountable care model like direct contracting" (King, Fierce Healthcare, 5/21; Brady, Modern Healthcare, 5/21).
    • New Hampshire: Mass General Brigham's Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has named Jeffrey Hughes as president and CEO. Hughes has been serving as interim president and CEO since October, and previously served as the hospital's COO, VP of operations, and chief strategy officer. Hughes will succeed Gregory Walker, who retired (Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 5/21; Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/21).

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