Sixty accountable care organizations are charter members of the new National Association of ACOs and seek more members.

The group recently formed and presently is governed by an interim board until elections in June. The Washington-based association will focus on fostering growth of ACOs, influencing development of public policy, developing uniform quality and performance measures, engaging the vendor community and educating the public.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently recognized 258 ACOs working with Medicare and/or Medicaid, and there are numerous other ACOs across the nation working with commercial insurers. Annual membership fees in the new association range from $3,500 to $10,000, depending the size of the ACO. The first annual conference of the association is scheduled for March 19-21 in Baltimore, by which time the group hopes to have more than 100 members.

Vendors also are encouraged to participate in the association as business partners. An annual “supporting membership” fee of $5,000 includes complimentary exhibit space at the March conference, the option to attend other meetings, a listing on the association Web site, and the ability to send emails to the member list twice annually.

More information for ACOs and vendors is available at naacos.com.

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