State Funding for Primary Care Providers Needing ACO Help

Last week, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) announced a new opportunity for primary care providers seeking to participate in the new MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program.  EOHHS will provide funding to support providers who want to participate in the ACO program’s alternative payment methodologies. Primary care providers, who are not yet part of the program but are committed to participating with one of the current ACOs, and who need support in moving to alternative payment methods, are eligible for the funding.

“Primary Care Providers” are defined as MassHealth providers that provide primary care services, including, but not limited to, primary care group practices (including those associated with hospitals), community health centers, hospital-licensed health centers, hospital outpatient departments, and solo primary care practitioners.

Funding ranges from up to $50,000 for a small project and up to $500,000 for a large project. Funding is capped at $2.2 million statewide for Year 1 (March 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019). It is expected that $12.4 million will be released over the course of the demonstration.  More details including contact information at EOHHS is here.