The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended its deadlines for letters of intent and applications to participate in Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model demonstration program for at least five years.

The deadline for organizations to file a letter of intent is moved from June 10 to June 30. The deadline for submitting an application is moved from July 18 to August 19. A CMS spokesperson declined to say how many letters of intent have been received as that is considered "procurement sensitive," but notes that low interest in the program was not the reason for extending the deadlines.

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