CHESS Innovation ACO Information

Accountable Care Organization Public Reporting Guidance

ACO Name and Location

CHESS Innovation
165 Kimel Park Dr, Suite B
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

ACO Primary Contacts

Melissa Pollock, CMS Liaison
(336) 821-7104

Organizational Information

ACO ParticipantsACO Participant in Joint Venture
Catawba Valley Medical GroupN
Fletcher Hospital, Inc.N
Grace Hematology and OncologyN

CHESS Innovation Governing Body

MemberTitle/PositionMember’s Voting PowerMembership TypeACO Participant TIN
Legal Business Name/DBA
Kelly Singer, MDVoting Member12.5%ACO ParticipantFletcher Hospital, Inc.
Christy SnellerVoting Member12.5%ACO ParticipantFletcher Hospital, Inc.
Ella StenstromVoting Member12.5%ACO ParticipantFletcher Hospital, Inc.
Scott Polster, MDVoting Member12.5%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Kimberly CrewsVoting Member12.5%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Heather Spry, MDVoting Member12.5%OtherCHESS
Jason Kihneman, MDChair and Voting Member12.5%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
CD HaddockVoting Member12.5%Medicare Beneficiary N/A

Key ACO Clinical and Administrative

Medical Director:
Kelly Singer, MD, Fletcher Hospital

ACO Executive:
Michael J. Berwanger, CHESS

Compliance Official:
Melissa Pollock, CHESS

Quality Assurance/Improvement Officer:
Kimberly Vass-Eudy, DO, CHESS

Associated Committees and Key Leadership

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

Compliance Committee:
Chair – Akshara Olson, JD, Fletcher Hospital

Finance Committee:
Chair – Kimberly Crews, Catawba Valley Medical Group

Types of ACO Participants, or Combinations of Participants that formed the ACO

  • ACO professionals in a group practice arrangement
  • Hospital employing ACO professionals

Shared Savings/Losses

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses:

First Agreement Period:

  • Performance Year: N/A

Shared Savings Distribution:

First Agreement Period

Performance Year: N/A

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

Quality Performance Results

2021 Quality Performance Results

Our ACO did not participate in the Shared Savings Program in the 2021 performance year, therefore this section is not applicable at this time.

Measure #Measure NameRateACO Mean

Medicare Shared Savings Program Fraud and Abuse Waivers

  • ACO Participation Waiver:

The following information describes each arrangement for which our ACO seeks protection under the ACO Participation Waiver, including any material amendment or modification to a disclosed arrangement. 

  • Parties to the arrangement: CHESS Innovation, LLC and Circulation, Inc.
  • Date of arrangement: 04/27/2022
  • Items, services, goods, or facility provided: Transportation services (see link below)
  • Date and nature of any amendments to the arrangement, if applicable: N/A

CHESS Innovation Transportation Assistance Program

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