Press Release

RELEASE: ACHP Recommendations for CMS Innovation Center

Contact: Leah Hunter

ACHP Recommendations for CMS Innovation Center

Washington, D.C. (November 21, 2017) – Committed to the advancement of the highest quality care and coverage, the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) has submitted recommendations to the CMS request for “new directions” for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The Innovation Center tests new payment and delivery models to lower costs and improve patient care.

ACHP’s recommendations highlight ways CMMI can advance value-based care in Medicare. They include:

  • Use waiver authority to restore quality payments to Medicare Advantage plans whose seniors have been denied expanded benefits and lower cost-sharing
  • Expand benefit and coverage flexibility to encourage seniors to seek high value treatments
  • Modernize provider network standards to recognize that telehealth-based services can expand access to care
  • Reduce the burden and costs on plans and seniors through flexibility in audit requirements, greater use of electronic communications, and other administrative relief

“ACHP health plans and provider groups are among the best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. We appreciate CMS’ willingness to consider new approaches and models of care and are pleased to submit our recommendations,” said ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly. “The Innovation Center provides an opportunity to test innovative approaches that best advance value-based care for Medicare patients.”

CMS is seeking feedback on new ways to promote patient-centered care and test reforms that increase price transparency, reduce costs and promote competition, according to the agency’s request for information.

To access the full text of the ACHP letter, click here.

About ACHP
The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 19 million Americans across 27 states and the District of Columbia. These organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reform, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, go to and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.