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How to Apply

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) facilitates coordination and cooperation among healthcare providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.  Eligible providers and suppliers may participate in the Shared Savings Program by creating or participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO.)  The Shared Savings Program rewards ACOs that lower their rate of growth in health care costs while meeting quality performance standards.

You must complete an application to be considered for participation in the Shared Savings Program.  Please review the regulations at 42 CFR Part 425 and the guidance available on our Website to help complete your application.  The Regulations and guidance will offer more information about the ACO requirements, which may help with your application responses. 

Application Cycle: Deadlines to Apply/Renew for Program Year 2016

Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) Process Deadlines
NOI Memo Posted to CMS Website April 1, 2015
NOI Questionnaire Posted to CMS Website May 1, 2015
NOI Submission Period May 1, 2015 – May 29, 2015 Closed
NOI Deadline May 29, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Closed
CMS User ID Forms Submission Period (new applications only) May 6, 2015 – June 9, 2015 Closed
Application Process Deadlines
2016 Application Form Posted to CMS Website (sample only) Available Now
Application Submission Period July 1, 2015 – August 7, 2015
Application Deadline August 7, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Closed
Application Approval or Denial Decision Sent to Applicants Fall 2015
Reconsideration review deadline 15 Days from Notice of Denial

Shared Savings Program Application Teleconferences and Events

Please see the Shared Savings Program Applications Teleconferences and Events  page for a history of calls held to date including presentation materials and transcripts where available.

Visit this page frequently for updated information and materials. 

Subscribe to the weekly MLN Connects® Provider eNews to receive announcements for the Shared Savings Program, including upcoming MLN Connects Calls on the application process. Past issues of MLN Connects Provider eNews can be found at eNewsArchive

Steps to the Shared Savings Program Application Process

Step 1: Submit a Notice of Intent to Apply - Closed 

Each ACO applicant must submit a Notice to Apply (NOI) to be eligible to submit an application for the Shared Savings Program. Refer to the Application Cycle Table above for dates and deadlines to submit the NOI. See the NOI Memo [PDF, 214KB] which provides detailed information on NOI requirements for new applicants and ACOs wishing to renew their agreement to participate in the Shared Savings Program for their next agreement period.

New Applicants will complete the online NOI Web Form.  Only renewing ACOs will submit their NOI through the Health Plan Management System (HPMS).  New applicants must use the online form.

The NOI submission period for a January 1, 2016, Shared Savings Program start date is now closed.

Step 2: Get a CMS User ID to Submit Your Application - Closed

Complete this step after you receive your CMS NOI confirmation notice.  Your NOI confirmation notice will include instructions on how to get a CMS User ID.  Refer to the Application Deadline Dates  table for the dates we will accept CMS User ID applications.

Step 3: Complete Your Application - Closed

2016 Medicare Shared Savings Program Application Form (for new applicants) [PDF, 204KB]

2016 Medicare Shared Savings Program Renewal Application Form (for ACOs renewing their agreement with the Shared Savings Program only) - Revised [PDF, 360KB]     

You must submit your application online through HPMS.  The information posted above is for reference only.  Refer to the Application Deadline Dates table for the dates we will accept applications.

2016 Application Toolkit - New

The 2016 Toolkit was made available to applicants to complete their 2016 Medicare Shared Savings Program Application Forms.


Who to Contact for Assistance

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