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About the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model

The Next Generation ACO is a Model where health care providers who share a common vision work together to improve the health care provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  The health care providers who participate in Arizona Care Network are voluntarily taking part in this Model with the goal of providing better quality care for our Medicare fee-for-service patients. All of the health care providers participating in our Next Generation ACO have joined with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in committing to your needs and preferences, and to emphasize the coordination of your care. You can learn more about this Model by clicking here. As always, you can contact Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048).

About our Next Generation ACO

Organizational Information

ACO Legal Name and Location

Arizona Care Network - Next, LLC
4222 E. Thomas Road #400
Phoenix, AZ 85018


ACO Primary Contact

Todd Ricotta, Executive Director
(602) 406-7226


ACO Hours of Operation

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding Holidays


Next Generation ACO Participants & Preferred Providers

Click here for a list of the physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other clinicians participating in our Next Generation ACO in 2018. Click here for a listing of other provider organizations (Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, etc.) participating in our Next Generation ACO in 2018 as Preferred Providers.


Joint Ventures between the ACO and its Next Generation Participants or Preferred Providers

No joint ventures exist between the ACO and any of its Next Generation Participants or Preferred Providers.


Key Clinical and Administrative Leadership

Chief Executive Officer - David Hanekom, MD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer - Mark Schippits, MD
Medical Director, Population Health - Ann Marie Sun, MD
Compliance Officer - Tracey Craig, JD
Executive Director, Operations - Jami Berger, RN
Executive Director, Clinical Services - Jennifer Brooks, BSN
Executive Director, Marketing & Communication - Debra Stevens
Executive Director, Provider Network & Government Relations - Todd Ricotta


Next Generation ACO Governing Body

Dr. Robert Babyar, Adelante Healthcare
Dr. Bruce Bethancourt, Dignity Health
Dr. Linda Brown, Abrazo Community Health Network
Dr. Rama Devineni, Chandler Primary Care
Dr. William Ellert, Abrazo Community Health Network
Dr. Sunita Gupta, East Valley Family Practice
Dr. Jonathan Hackenyos, Ocotillo Internal Medicine Associates
Dr. David Hanekom, Arizona Care Network
Dr. John Hopkins, Integrated Medical Services
Ms. Linda Hunt, Dignity Health
Dr. Pankaj Jain, Arizona Urology
Dr. M. Randy Keller, Abrazo Community Health Network
Mr. Frank Molinaro, Abrazo Community Health Network
Dr. Kenneth Paige, Sun Lakes Family Physicians
Dr. Donald Paxton, Dignity Health
Dr. Chris Pruitt, Cogent Healthcare (Sound Physicians)
Dr. Dana Seltzer, AZ Sports Clinic
Dr. Monte Swarup, Arizona OBGYN Affiliates
Dr. Kevin Theodorou, Internal Medicine of the Valley
Dr. Edward Tokatlian, Associated Internists of Ahwatukee
Mr. Gary Addis, Medicare Beneficiary Representative (term begins 1/1/2019)


ACO Committees and Committee Leadership

Quality & Performance Management Committee: Dr. Dana Seltzer, Chair & Dr. M. Randy Keller, Vice Chair
Compliance Committee: Dr. Linda Brown, Chair
Finance and Payer Contracting Committee: Dr. Edward Tokatlian, Chair
Network Committee: Dr. Jonathan Hackenyos, Chair


Shared Savings and Losses

Amount of Shared Savings & Losses

  • Agreement period beginning 2017, Performance Year 1: TBD *

* shared savings or losses will be calculated for our first performance year (2017) and published by the end of 2018.


How Shared Savings are Distributed

  • Proportion invested in infrastructure, redesigned care processes and other resources: 30%
  • Proportion of distribution to Next Generation ACO Participants: 70%


Quality Performance

Our quality performance will be calculated for our first performance year (2017) in 2018.


Benefit Enhancements and Model Waivers

Medicare 3-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rule Waiver

Under current Medicare law, Medicare only covers care in a SNF if a patient has a prior 3-day inpatient hospital stay. The Rule Waiver available under the Next Generation ACO Model may allow beneficiaries to receive Medicare-covered SNF services at a participating SNF without a mandatory 3-day inpatient hospital stay. Below is a list of the Arizona Care Network SNFs that were approved by CMS for the 3-day waiver:

Advanced Health Care of Glendale
Advanced Health Care of Mesa
Advanced Health Care of Scottsdale
Bella Vita Health & Rehabilitation Center
Camelback Post Acute Care & Rehabilitation
Citadel Post Acute
Coronado Healthcare Center
Desert Terrace Healthcare Center
Freedom Plaza Care Center
Horizon Post Acute And Rehabilitation Center
Montecito Post Acute Care And Rehabilitation
North Mountain Medical And Rehabilitation Center
Osborn Health And Rehabilitation
Phoenix Mountain Nursing Center Inc
Plaza Healthcare
Santé of Chandler
Santé of Mesa
Santé of North Scottsdale
Santé of Surprise
South Mountain Post Acute
Sunview Health & Rehab
Symphony of Mesa
Wellsprings Therapy Center


Coordinated Care Reward ($25 reward for Annual Wellness Visits) - ending December 31, 2018

As a part of being associated with our Next Generation ACO, you can get a $25 check from Medicare as a Coordinated Care Reward when you get your Annual Wellness Visit prior to the end of 2018 from your doctor who participates in our Next Generation ACO. An Annual Wellness Visit is a chance for you to discuss your health, your medications, and your team of doctors with your primary care physician to ensure s/he can coordinate your care. An Annual Wellness Visit isn’t a physical; it’s a distinct visit that can be received once a year, which lets you have a conversation with your doctor about your health. Such visits have been shown to improve health care for beneficiaries, which is why you will be rewarded by CMS for receiving an Annual Wellness Visit.

CMS will identify beneficiaries who qualify for the reward on a quarterly basis, so that you can get your $25 check as soon as possible within the next quarter following your Annual Wellness Visit. CMS will send the check to the address you have listed with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please make sure Social Security has your current mailing address by creating an account and updating your profile on their website ( as necessary.

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