Now Accepting New Provider Partners

CHS is vetting new provider partnerships for the 2023 Performance Year in the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (REACH) Model. Currently, CHS operates 3 Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) and will not have to re-apply to participate in the ACO REACH Model. CHS provides administrative support, enhances provider autonomy and independence, delivers unmatched expertise, and improves practice financials.  With no upfront investment or monthly fees, or downside risk for providers, a CHS operated REACH ACO becomes accessible for many more providers. To speak with a CHS representative about this opportunity, call 877-808-5643

What is a REACH ACO?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) redesigned the GPDC Model in response to Administrative priorities, stakeholder feedback, and participant experience. The ACO REACH Model will replace the Global & Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) Model in 2023.  The ACO REACH Model builds on the GPDC Model to further inform the Medicare Shared Savings Program and future models by focusing on advancing health equity to bring the benefits of accountable care to underserved communities, promoting provider leadership and governance, and protecting beneficiaries.  The Model aims to drive value, high-quality healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries. Based on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Next Generation ACO Model, the Model provides REACH ACOs with an opportunity to focus on the primary care relationship, leverage benefit enhancements to create innovative healthcare interventions and increase quality of care. Beneficiary choice, engagement, and experience are a focus of the Model. ACOs will be rewarded for reducing healthcare costs and improving quality of care and health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.

  • The first Performance Year (PY2021) of the GPDC Model started on April 1, 2021, and there were 53 DCEs participating.
  • The ACO REACH Model will replace the GPDC Model on January 1, 2023, with a new cohort of REACH ACOs.
  • CHS operates 3 Direct Contracting Entities. All CHS DCEs will continue participation in 2023 as REACH ACOs.
  • The Request for Applications (RFA) was released on February 24, 2022, and the application opens March 7.

CHS partner providers have successfully participated in the GPDC Model, Medicare Shared Savings Program, and Next Generation ACO Model. We are prepared and well positioned to enter the ACO REACH Model. Join us.


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