CMS Announces New Accountable Health Communities Funding Opportunity
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new funding opportunity as a part of the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) innovation model. The AHC model aims to address a critical gap between clinical care and the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, like housing insecurity, hunger and interpersonal violence. Community-based organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply.
The AHC model is the first Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model to focus on health-related social needs of CMS beneficiaries. Many of these social issues affect an individual’s overall health, identification and adherence to treatment and effectiveness of treatment. In the latest announcement, CMS had modified the program in an attempt to make the model more accessible to a broader set of applicants. These modifications include:
- Reducing the annual number of beneficiaries applicants are required to screen from 75,000 down to 53,000; and
- Increasing the maximum funding amount per award recipient from $1 million to $1.17 million over 5 years.