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 Participants:

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

ACO Governing Body

MemberTitle/PositionMember’s Voting PowerMembership TypeACO Participant TIN
Legal Business Name/DBA
Jason Kihneman, MDChair & Voting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Scott Polster, MDVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Dennis JohnsonVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantCatawba Valley Medical Group
Kelly Singer, MDVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantFletcher Hospital, Inc.
Christy SnellerVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantFletcher Hospital, Inc.
Steven BurroughsVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantFletcher Hospital, Inc.
CD HaddockVoting Member9.09%Medicare Beneficiary N/A
Heather Spry, MDVoting Member9.09%OtherCHESS
Emily VolkVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantNorthern Hospital District of Surry County
Lynn LambertVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantNorthern Hospital District of Surry County
Mitzi StanishVoting Member9.09%ACO ParticipantNorthern Hospital District of Surry County

Key ACO Clinical and Administrative

Medical Director:
Kelly Singer, MD, Fletcher Hospital

ACO Executive:
Josh Vire, 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 – Pamela Gallagher, 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: 2022, $1,159,637.73

Shared Savings Distribution:

First Agreement Period

Performance Year: 2022

  • Proportion invested in infrastructure: 5%
  • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes and other resources necessary to improve outcomes and reduce Medicare costs for Beneficiaries: 35%
  • Proportion of distribution to ACO Participants and Preferred Providers: 60%

Quality Performance Results

2022 Quality Performance Results
Measure #Measure NameRateACO Mean
001Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Poor Control8.97  10.71
134Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Depression and Follow-up Plan89.6076.97
236Controlling High Blood Pressure75.9876.16
318Falls: Screening for Future Fall Risk97.7187.83
110Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization67.3677.34
226Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention93.7579.27
113Colorectal Cancer Screening81.9975.32
112Breast Cancer Screening83.2278.07
438Statin therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease89.3586.37
370Depression Remission at Twelve Months5.1316.03
479Hospital-Wide, 30-Day, All-Cause Unplanned Readmission (HWR) Rate for MIPS Groups0.14400.1510
484All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions for ACOs (MCC)27.8030.97
For previous years’ Financial and Quality Performance Results, please visit:

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. 

For each arrangement, provide the following information:

  • 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