Verma: Overhaul Led to Significant Growth in ACOs Taking on Risk, But Verdict Out on Spending

A federal overhaul to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), implemented late in 2018, has led to an increase in the number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) taking on downside risk. The redesign of the program, dubbed “Pathways to Success,” generally required new ACOs to take accountability for spending increases after two years; previously ACOs […]

ACOs Saved Medicare $3.53 Billion, New Analysis Finds

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have reduced spending by $3.53 billion from 2013 to 2017, and after accounting for shared savings bonuses, saved the federal government $755 million. That’s according to a new evaluation by the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, conducted on behalf of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), which represents […]

Sitting Out Bundled Payments Could Leave Skilled Nursing Providers Far Behind

For many skilled nursing providers, the launch last week of the 2020 application period for the government’s flagship bundled-payment program was low on the list of priorities. After all, under the new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) model, nursing homes can’t be episode initiators, meaning hospitals and other acute-care providers are the […]

ACOs Push Back on CMS Savings Estimates In New Analysis

A new analysis from a group of more than 300 accountable care organizations (ACOs) argues that the groups generated much more in savings than official estimates would suggest. The announcement from the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) claims that ACOs generated gross savings of $1.84 billion for Medicare, almost double the $954 million estimated by […]

If Forced to Take Risk, Most ACOs Would Leave Shared Savings Program

More than 70% of accountable care organizations (ACOs) likely would leave the¬†Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) if they were forced to assume risk, a new survey from the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) found. The web-based survey reached out to the 82 ACOs that started the MSSP in 2012 or 2013 and which will have […]