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CMS announces 2014 Medicare Shared Savings Program application deadlines

by Rob Lazerow

Last week, CMS released the application schedule for joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in January 2014.

CMS moved the application deadlines forward by one month, starting the process in May rather than June this year. Although CMS offered three application windows for the initial cohorts—April 2012, July 2012, and January 2013—CMS has transitioned to a single, annual MSSP application process. Note that any organizations that miss the upcoming application deadlines would need to wait another year to apply for the MSSP’s January 2015 cohort.

2014 cohort application deadlines

The MSSP application website highlights the key deadlines for organizations interested in applying for the January 2014 cohort. The full application will be posted to the CMS website in June.

Notices of Intent (NOIs) accepted: May 1 - May 31, 2013
CMS User ID forms accepted: May 3 - June 10, 2013
Applications accepted: July 1 - July 31, 2013
Application approval or denial decisions: Fall 2013
Reconsideration review deadline: Fall 2013

To initiate the process, all potential applicants must submit a non-binding NOI during the month of May. Organizations even remotely interested in applying for MSSP should submit the NOI form to extend the application process.

Our top five MSSP resources

We've developed a deep library of resources to help organizations evaluate MSSP participation and build effective care management enterprises to thrive as ACOs.

Here are our top five resources that will be particularly helpful for hospital, health system, and medical group leaders applying for the MSSP’s January 2014 start group:

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