Press Release

Statement on Medicare Shared Savings Program Final Rule

LINDA E. FISHMAN

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT

AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

 

June 5, 2015

 

Yesterday’s rule makes some positive changes and provides additional flexibility to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Hospitals are enthusiastic about the program as one pathway to advance their ongoing efforts to transform care delivery as a way to improve patient care and reduce costs. However, the program needs additional reforms to make it more attractive to new participants and existing ACOs.

We are pleased that CMS will allow the vast majority of early ACOs to continue to participate another three years at current risk levels. Additionally, the rule makes it easier for certain ACOs to share in the savings they generate. However, though we are encouraged that CMS has removed some regulatory barriers, such as the three day SNF stay requirement for advanced ACOs, CMS needs to remove additional barriers for all ACOs to make the program more attractive to new and current participants.

We look forward to working with CMS as they continue to make improvements to this program.

 

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