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CMS adds to ACO, ESCO resources with a care transformation toolkit, case studies, and tip sheet


Posted on: 1/7/2021

January 1, 2021, CMS is announcing the release of new resources highlighting strategies that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and End-Stage Renal Disease Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) use to improve quality of care, lower health care costs, and enhance the beneficiary experience. These resources, posted on the ACO General Information web page, include:

A Care Transformation Toolkit >>>that describes ACO approaches to developing and implementing programs that transform the delivery of care and relate to telehealth, home visits, and timely access to skilled nursing facilities.

Case Studies >>> that feature specific ACO and ESCO initiatives including primary care to homebound patients, care coordination and data management

Tip Sheet >>> that highlights strategies for enhancing education on home dialysis.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the ACMA Public Policy Committee contributed to this information.

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