Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Process

The typical evaluation time frame for earning NCQA Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Accreditation is 9–12 months from application submission to decision. This depends on the organization’s readiness, since some organizations may already be working within NCQA guidelines.

  1. Overview Discussion

    Begin with a discussion with an NCQA business development representative at least 9 months before your desired evaluation survey start date.

    Our program expert will: 

    • Discuss eligibility criteria.
    • Review evaluation areas.
    • Identify program benefits.
    • Review the application process.

    Organizations without a current ACO accreditation should contact NCQA today. Organizations with a current ACO accreditation that wants to renew should submit a request through My NCQA.

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