National Association of ACOs and Other Major Health Organizations Propose Substantial Changes to the Medicare ACO Program
We specifically recommend:
Previously, we have argued that for any 2-sided risk ACO program to succeed there first must be a sustainable business model for the one-sided track. Most providers will not select a two-sided track without a positive experience in a one-sided risk program. Our surveys have shown that two-thirds of the ACOs will not sign a second three-year contract that puts them at financial risk if significant improvements are not made in the one-sided Track 1. NAACOS CEO, Clif Gaus, says “Why not fix the program for 99% of the ACOs before it is too late? Since CMS is receiving substantial savings from the one-sided ACOs, why is it so important to push everyone to the two-sided risk tracks?”
“We hope the comment letters from NAACOS and the other major healthcare organizations in the country will convince CMS to make large-scale improvements to the ACO program,” said Stephen Nuckolls, Chair, NAACOS Policy Committee and CEO, Coastal Carolina Quality Care, Inc.
For copies of the full letter and an executive summary, visit www.NAACOS.com.
SOURCE National Association of ACOs