Introduction to ACO REACH

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) model to make it easier for providers to work together to improve care coordination and health outcomes for aligned traditional Medicare (Medicare fee-for-service) patients, especially in underserved communities.  The goals of the model are to make care more accessible and improve the patient experience, with an emphasis on health equity, while reducing the total cost of care.

The ACO REACH Model also has a strong focus on addressing health disparities and social determinants of health.  It includes a health equity risk adjustment that incentivizes ACOs serving higher proportions of underserved beneficiaries.  It is a program that builds on past CMS value-based care (VBC) programs and is oriented towards FQHCs.

This conference is being held virtually.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss the ACO Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (REACH) Model and its fit with AAH strategic priorities
  • Improve the quality of care for people with Medicare through better care coordination, more wrap-around services, and increased beneficiary engagement  
  • Describe the workflow changes and supports for practices
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Sarang Baman, MD; Advocate Aurora Health
Amanpreet Sethi, MD; Advocate Aurora Health
Sue Ellen Schumacher; Advocate Aurora Health
Janell Ross; Advocate Aurora Health
Michael Barbati; Advocate Aurora Health



Faculty disclosures are being reviewed and will be presented to the audience in advance of the program.


Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Advocate Aurora Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement(s)

American Medical Association (AMA) 
Advocate Aurora Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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