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Application Types & Timeline

ACOs may apply to the Shared Savings Program, to the Medicare ACO Track 1+ Model (Track 1+ Model), and/or for a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3-Day Rule Waiver. The annual application process begins in the spring and follows the process and timeline outlined below.

Application Types

Initial Application: Available for ACOs not currently participating in the Shared Savings Program (initial applicants). Download Sample
Renewal Application: Available for currently participating ACOs with a 2015 start date that intend to renew their participation agreement with CMS (renewal applicants). Download Sample
Track 1+ Model Application: An additional application available for initial and renewal applicants applying to the Shared Savings Program under Track 1 and ACOs currently participating in the Shared Savings Program under Track 1. Applications will be accepted for 2018, 2019, and 2020 program start dates. Download Sample
SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver Application: An additional application available for initial and renewal applicants applying to the Shared Savings Program under Track 3, ACOs currently participating in the Shared Savings Program under Track 3, and ACOs applying to the Track 1+ Model. Download Sample

 

Application Timeline

  Step Due Resources

Step 1:

Complete the Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA)
May 1 – May 31, 2017
12:00 p.m. (noon)
Eastern Time (ET)

Step 2:

Obtain a CMS User ID
June 8, 2017

Step 3:

Submit the application(s)
July 1 – August 4, 2017
12:00 p.m. (noon) ET

Step 4:

Respond to requests for information (RFIs)
Date specified in each RFI

Step 5:

Sign the agreement
December 2017

 

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