ACO Information

CHESS Genesis

CHESS Genesis, LLC (CHESS Genesis) represents a group of health care providers who have come together to provide coordinated high quality care to the Medicare beneficiaries they serve. Coordinated care helps ensure Medicare beneficiaries get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.

CHESS Genesis is administered by Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions, LLC (CHESS) (, a physician-led company owned by North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Cornerstone Health Care, and Laboratory Corporation of America.

CHESS Genesis Participants include the physicians and their teams from Wake Forest Health Network, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, and Catawba Valley Medical Group. A number of Preferred Providers and skilled nursing facility affiliates also will help coordinate care as part of the program. Through the program, Participating Providers are focused on improving access to care, enhancing clinical quality and controlling costs.

CHESS Genesis is reviewing options to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accountable care organization (ACO) model called the ACO Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (REACH), advancing the Administration’s health care system goals and building on experience from the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Through this model, CMS will partner with CHESS Genesis and other ACOs that are experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients and whose provider groups are ready to assume higher levels of financial risk and reward.

The CHESS Genesis ACO REACH model is one of many innovative payment and care delivery models created under the Affordable Care Act, and is an important step toward advancing models of care that reward value over volume in care delivery.

CHESS provides the following information regarding its participation as a Medicare ACO REACH model.

Accountable Care Organization Public Reporting Guidance

General and Organization Information

CHESS Genesis, LLC
165 Kimel Park Drive, Suite B
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday

ACO Primary Contacts

Yates Lennon, MD, ACO Executive
(336) 821-7104

Melissa Pollock, CMS Liaison
(336) 821-7104

Composition of ACO

CHESS Genesis, LLC represents a provider-led partnership between physicians in the following organizations, organized to improve health care throughout the region.

ACO REACH Participants and Preferred Providers
Participant List

ACO Participants in Joint Ventures between ACO Professionals and Hospitals

CHESS Genesis Governing Body

MemberTitle/PositionMember’s Voting PowerMembership TypeACO Participant TIN
Legal Business Name/DBA
Yates LackeyVoting Member9%ACO ParticipantWake Forest University Health Sciences
Richard Lord, MDVoting Member9%ACO ParticipantWake Forest University Health Sciences
Bradley ClarkVoting Member9%ACO ParticipantWake Forest University Health Sciences
Scott Polster, MDVoting Member9%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Kimberly CrewsVoting Member9%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Heather Spry, MDVoting Member9%ACO ParticipantWake Forest Health Network
Jason Kihneman, MDVoting Member9%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Elisabeth StambaughChair and Voting Member9%ACO ParticipantWake Forest Health Network
Barbara GeddyVoting Member9%Medicare Beneficiary
TBDVoting Member9%Consumer Advocate
Robert Dough, MDVoting Member 9%ACO ParticipantWake Forest University Health Sciences

CHESS Genesis Key Clinical and Administrative

Medical Director:
Elisabeth Stambaugh, MD, Wake Forest Health Network

ACO Executive:
Yates, Lennon, MD, CHESS

Compliance Official:
Melissa Pollock, CHESS

Chief Quality Officer:

Associated Committees and Key Leadership

Performance Improvement Committee (Quality):
Chair – Jason Kihneman, MD, Catawba Valley Medical Group

Compliance Committee:
Chair – Yates Lackey, Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Finance Committee:
Chair – Robert Dough, MD, Wake Forest Health Network

Aggregate Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

Performance Year 1:

How Shared Savings Are Distributed

  • Proportion invested in infrastructure:
  • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes and other resources necessary to improve outcomes and reduce Medicare costs for Beneficiaries:
  • Proportion of distribution to ACO Participants and Preferred Providers:

Quality Performance Results

Public Disclosures

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about CHESS Genesis or the ACO REACH Model, contact CHESS at 336-821-7104 or contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

CHESS Health Solutions Anonymous Reporting Hotline:

844-400-7620 or Click here to “Make a Report” online