Medicare Shared Savings Program

Applications Now Open for MSSP Hybrid Pay Model Sought by PCC

Better Health – NOW Letter Pairs Praise for ACO PC Flex & Suggested Improvements

Applications opened for ACOs and their primary care partners to join the new ACO Primary Care Flex, but PCC and its Better Health – NOW (BHN) partners continue to urge CMS to strengthen the model during implementation.

CMS posts long-awaited Pioneer ACO quality and financial results

The CMS published for the first time the quality and financial performance for individual Pioneer accountable care organizations, a small, select group enlisted for Medicare's most ambitious test of the payment model. First year financial results show health spending slowed as much as 7% (PDF) among some ACOs and accelerated as much as 5% for others. In the second year, health spending slowed as much as 5.4% among those that reduced patients' medical bills and accelerated as much as 5.6% where costs escalated.

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Melanie Evans
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