CMMI Director to Open NAACOS Virtual Conference

New CMS Innovation Center Director, Elizabeth Fowler, J.D., Ph.D., is confirmed to open the NAACOS Spring Conference on April 20. Dr. Fowler is a highly-regarded health policy expert with extensive experience in federal government, philanthropy, and industry. She will update conference attendees on the latest news from CMMI.

Journalists are welcome to join our Spring 2021 Conference, which will be hosted online between April 20 and 30. Notable sessions include a plenary with former CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, along with discussions of timely topics such as health equity, remote patient monitoring, Direct Contracting and ACO quality measurement. There will also be an on-the-record town hall with key CMS career staff on April 30.

As Congress and the new Biden administration discuss the future of health delivery and payment reform, accountable care organizations are well positioned to be an important policy piece to lower spending and improve quality. The NAACOS Spring Conference provides an opportunity to dive into the issues currently facing payment and delivery system reform.

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What: NAACOS Spring 2021 Virtual Conference
When: April 20 through 30
Where: Online at
Why: ACOs represent Medicare’s largest and most successful alternative payment model, as policymakers move to shift payment to a system that incentivizes value. Since 2012, ACOs have saved Medicare $8.5 billion in gross savings and $2.5 billion in net savings. ACOs are the most popular and most successful alternative payment model available.

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The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) represents more than 12 million beneficiary lives through hundreds of organizations participating in population health-focused payment and delivery models in Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance. Models include the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), Next Generation ACOs, and alternative payment models supported by a myriad of commercial health plans and Medicare Advantage. NAACOS is a member-led and member-owned nonprofit organization that works to improve quality of care, outcomes, and healthcare cost efficiency.