The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the participants for the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model, a new accountable care organization (ACO) model designed specifically for ESRD patients. ACOs are groups of physicians and other health care providers who collectively take on responsibility for the quality and cost of care for a population of patients. In the CEC Model, dialysis facilities, nephrologists and other providers have formed ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) to coordinate care for ESRD beneficiaries.

ESCOs will be financially accountable for quality outcomes and Medicare Part A and B spending, including all spending for dialysis services, for their ESRD beneficiaries.

“This new ACO model represents a paradigm shift in care for beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease; it promotes a patient-centered approach to their dialysis and non-dialysis care needs that will help accomplish our delivery system reform goals of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, acting deputy administrator and chief medical officer, CMS.

The participants selected include Dialysis Clinic Inc., DaVita, Fresenius and the Rogosin Institute.