The AHA recently recommended specific changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to encourage accountable care organizations (ACO) to invest in the infrastructure necessary to successfully take on risk. More than 400 organizations participate in the MSSP and provide care to some 7.2 million Medicare enrollees.

The program ties financial incentives to the organization's performance on quality targets. The proposed MSSP rule would affect new ACOs entering the program in January 2016 as well as MSSP ACOs renewing their agreements for another three year performance period.

Hear what Ashley Thompson, AHA vice president and deputy director of policy, has to say about the proposed MSSP rule. Listen in here. For more, read our story.