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:
Jason Kihneman, MD, Catawba Valley Medical Group

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

2022 Quality Performance Results

Quality performance results are based on CMS Web Interface

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