Many of the biggest drivers of health and health care costs are beyond the scope of health care alone. Yet, these health-related social needs are often undetected and left unaddressed. The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model, administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), addresses a critical gap between clinical care and community services in the current health care delivery system by testing a systematic approach to identifying and addressing health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
CMS is currently accepting applications through March 31, 2016 to participate in the AHC model. Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program-funded recipients and subrecipients are encouraged to identify whether health reform innovators in their communities are intending to apply and partner with those organizations to ensure that the model includes your program participants. Alternatively, if you are a CoC or ESG Program recipient or subrecipient interested in promoting clinical-community collaboration in your community and you have the capacity to develop and maintain a referral network with clinical delivery sites and community service providers, you could consider applying to implement the AHC model in your community.
Eligible applicants are community-based organizations, healthcare provider practices, hospitals and health systems, institutions of higher education, local government entities, tribal organizations, and for-profit and not-for-profit local and national entities with the capacity to develop and maintain a referral network with clinical delivery sites and community service providers. CMS will award cooperative agreements to organizations selected to participate in the model test.
For more information, review this Accountable Health Communities Model Fact Sheet and visit the CMS website to access the Letter of Intent and Request for Applications. Questions about the model and applications can be submitted to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.