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Next Generation ACO: An Organizational Readiness Assessment, a 60-minute webinar on April 5, 2016, now available for replay
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With the nation's leading accountable care organizations already testing the waters with CMS' newest value-based reimbursement opportunity, the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, healthcare organizations are evaluating how this new opportunity aligns with their value-based contracting strategy.

With a looming application deadline for a 2017 start for the next round of Next Generation ACOs, the clock is ticking. And, with one approved Next Generation ACO, River Health ACO, already departing the program effective February 1st, the "Go-No Go" decision has become even more critical.

Please note: All organizations interested in applying to the Next Generation Model must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by May 2nd. Only organizations that submit an LOI will be able to complete an application. For details on the Next Generation LOI for 2017, please email [email protected]. Applications for 2017 will be due in two parts: the narrative portion is due May 25, 2016; and the Participating Provider list is due June 3, 2016.

During Next Generation ACO: An Organizational Readiness Assessment, a 60-minute webinar on April 5, 2016, now available for replay, Healthcare Strategy Group's Travis Ansel, senior manager of strategic services, and Walter Hankwitz, senior accountable care advisor, provide 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.

You will learn:

  • 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.

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Travis Ansel is the senior manager of strategic services for Health Care Strategy Group, focusing on helping healthcare organizations with organizational-level strategic planning, physician alignment strategy, employed physician network strategy and accountable care strategy.

In his 10+ years in management consulting, Mr. Ansel has worked with his clients ranging from a multi-hospital tertiary system to critical access hospitals with a focus on creating action-oriented plans to address the core strategic issues facing their organizations.

In addition to consulting, Mr. Ansel is a frequent contributor to a number of national healthcare publications and speaks at national and state-level healthcare conferences.

Mr. Ansel holds a Master's of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and dual Bachelor's of Science Degrees in Finance and Business Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Walter Hankwitz, MBA, FACHE, CMPE, is a senior accountable care advisor with Health Care Strategy Group.

For the last two decades, he has focused on the development, implementation, and operation of physician-led IPAs, PHOs and clinically integrated networks focusing most recently on CMS' Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation ACOs.

Mr. Hankwitz has served as the lead on five MSSPs and one Next Generation ACO applications, all successful, and has been actively engaged in assisting with the development and implementation of the infrastructure and operations of a statewide, pluralistic ACO sponsored by the largest healthcare provider in a central U.S. state. Four of those 5 MSSP applications have led to ACOs that enjoyed shared savings in 2014, including two that are among CMS' top 10 MSSP ACOs in 2014.

Mr. Hankwitz has kept abreast of CMS' ACO rapid movement as a member of the National Association of ACOs' Policy Committee and shares his insights as a frequent speaker at national and state-level healthcare conferences.

A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and certified by the Board of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (CMPE), Mr. Hankwitz received his MBA in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He served as adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's Graduate School of Public Health. Other healthcare boards on which he has served include the Hospital Council of Southern California, Highlands Wellmont Health Network, CHIP, and PrimeHealth of Southern California.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Number of Pages: 60-minute webinar
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