CMS announces proposed improvements to Medicare Shared Savings Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a proposed rule to update the methodology used to measure the performance of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program). Today’s proposal builds on the momentum of growth in the Shared Savings Program and charts a path for long-term sustainability by improving the long-term incentives for ACOs as they continue to provide efficient, high quality health care to Medicare beneficiaries.
"Medicare payments are an important catalyst to improving care delivery, spending our resources smarter and keeping people healthy," said Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for CMS. "This proposal allows ACOs in all parts of the country to be successful by recognizing both their achievements and improvements in how they provide care. This should have the effect of growing the number of ACOs, and making ACOs and the coordinated care they provide to patients, more of a standard in all parts of the country."