NRAA Responds to Recent ESCO Announcement by Providing Education & Dialogue

Wednesday, May 25, 2016



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week a Request for Applications for the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model.  Applicants will have the opportunity to apply to join the Model starting in its second year, on Jan 1, 2017.  Through the CEC Model, CMS will partner with health care providers and suppliers to test the effectiveness of a new payment and service delivery model in providing beneficiaries with person-centered, high-quality care. Dialysis providers, nephrologists, and other providers form ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs), which are responsible for coordinating care and improving health outcomes for aligned beneficiaries, and are eligible for shared savings when total cost of care is reduced and quality is improved. 

In response to this announcement, the NRAA is providing critical education and dialogue to prepare dialysis providers through this process, sponsored by the Renal Services Exchange (RSE). The Roadmap to Integrated Kidney Care Series includes a webinar overview as well as an in-person workshop reviewing each step in the application process. 

Roadmap to Integrated Kidney Care Series

What: Webinar 
When: June 10
Time: 1pm ET 
An overview and discussion on the ESCO application process, benefits to the providers, and the overall role within integrated kidney care. 
Open to all - FREE to attend. 
Registration required at
What: Workshop
When: June 23 & June 24
Where: Chicago, IL 
A hands-on workshop where each item of the ESCO application will be reviewed. A discussion led by those who are already participating in the ESCO and have gone through the application process. 
Open to all - FREE for NRAA members, $300 for non-NRAA members to attend.
Registration opens the week of May 29. 

Additional information and program details can be found on 

Currently, the CEC model has 13 ESCOs participating in the model, including 12 ESCOs from Large Dialysis Organizations (LDOs) and 1 from a non-Large Dialysis Organization (Non-LDO). 

Join us as we prepare for the upcoming ESCO application process and learn from those who are already participating.