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Shared Savings Program Application

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 Web site 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 for Program Year 2015

Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) Process Deadlines
NOI Memo Posted to CMS Website April 1, 2014
NOI Questionnaire Posted to CMS Website May 1, 2014
NOI Submission Period May 1, 2014 – May 30, 2014
NOI Deadline May 30, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
CMS User ID Forms Submission Period May 6, 2014 – June 9, 2014

Application Process Deadlines
Application Posted to CMS Website May 30, 2014
Application Submission Period July 1, 2014 – July 31, 2014
Application Deadline July 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Application Approval or Denial Decision Sent to Applicants Fall 2014
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.

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

Each ACO applicant must submit an NOI to be eligible to submit an application for the Shared Savings Program.  Refer to the above Application Deadline Dates  table for when we will accept NOIs.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  The 2015 NOI Memo [PDF, 152KB]  provides detailed information on NOI requirements. 

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

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 above Application Deadline Dates  table for when we will accept CMS User ID applications.

Step 3: Complete Your Application

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

Who to Contact for Assistance

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