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April 5, 2016 Webinar to Offer Organizational Readiness Assessment for Next Generation ACO Participation

Two thought leaders in value-based reimbursement strategy will outline a roadmap to readiness for CMS's Next Generation ACO and other risk-based payment models during an April 5, 2016 webinar sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Sea Girt, NJ, March 11, 2016 --( Next Generation ACO in 2017: go or no-go?

It's a decision many healthcare organizations are weighing as the application deadline for 2017 participation in Medicare's newest accountable care organization (ACO) model looms. The initial letter of intent for the January 1, 2017 Next Generation ACO start date is due to CMS by April 1, with subsequent documentation due later in 2016.

To guide organizations, Healthcare Strategy Group will offer a guide not only to participation in CMS's latest value-based model but also to readiness for risk-based contracts in general during an April 5, 2016 webinar, "Next Generation ACO: An Organizational Readiness Assessment."

The 60-minute webcast is sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Learn more about taking a Next Generation ACO readiness assessment at

News Facts:

Scheduled Speakers: Healthcare Strategy Group's Travis Ansel, senior manager of strategic services, and Walter Hankwitz, senior accountable care advisor.

Conference Focus: Participants will receive a value-based, risk contract roadmap to determine organizational readiness for participation in the Next Generation ACO Model in particular and in risk-based contracts in general. The two thought leaders in value-based healthcare will cover the following points:

- The issues and opportunities within CMS' Next Generation ACO Model and how this will frame future commercial payor value-based contracts, in addition to CMS' evolving models for accepting down-side risk;

- The infrastructure and cultural changes that need to exist to achieve success within the Next Generation ACO model;

- How the Next Generation ACO benefit enhancements and waivers of Medicare service rules will assist Next Generation ACOs in improving care and in engaging beneficiaries and how ACOs can take advantage of these opportunities;

- The factors and criteria that an existing Medicare Shared Savings Program is evaluating this year to determine if they will transition their MSSP to the Next Generation ACO model for 2017; and

- How to integrate a value-based strategy across the healthcare enterprise for long-term success with these models of care.

Ample time for Q&A will be provided.

Webinar Formats: 60-minute live webinar on April 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm Eastern, including Q&A; "On-Demand" replay available April 6, 2016; 45-minute training DVD or CD-ROM with printed transcript available April 26, 2016. Participants may add an on-demand replay, DVD or CD to live session registrations to share with colleagues.

Learn more about taking a Next Generation ACO readiness assessment at

Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive VP and COO:

"In crafting the Next Generation ACO model, CMS has drawn from its experiences in both the Pioneer ACO and Medicare Shared Savings (MSSP) models, ultimately offering participants the chance to assume higher levels of financial risk and reward than are available under current Pioneer and MSSP formulas. This April 5 program will help healthcare organizations gauge their risk readiness for participation in the Next Generation ACO and other value-based models."

For Melanie Matthews's profile, please visit

Please contact Patricia Donovan to arrange an interview or to obtain additional quotes.

About the Healthcare Intelligence Network — HIN is the premier advisory service for executives seeking high-quality strategic information on the business of healthcare. For more information, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 449-4463, e-mail, or visit
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