A coalition of 14 health care organizations, including the AHA, today voiced support for the Accountable Care in Rural America Act, the companion to Senate legislation that would revise the benchmarking formula for the Medicare Shared Savings Program to ensure participating accountable care organizations have an equal opportunity to share in savings regardless of their geographic location.
 
“This legislation fixes an important flaw in the current MSSP benchmarking methodology — a flaw that systematically disadvantages ACOs in rural areas and makes it harder for them to achieve savings even when they improve quality and reduce costs on par with their counterparts in urban areas,” the groups said in a letter of support for the bill, introduced today by Reps. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas; Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; Roger Marshall, R-Kan.; and Ami Bera, D-Calif.
 
Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., introduced the Senate bill (S. 2648) last month.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended that Congress provide a 2% market-basket update for the hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective…
Insights and Analysis
A new thought leadership video series highlights key takeaways to create and sustain a culture of transformational performance improvement at health care…
Headline
Commenting yesterday on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s draft recommendations for 2021, AHA said it supports the recommendation to provide current…
Headline
Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan will address the AHA’s Rural Health Care Leadership Conference Feb. 3 in Phoenix, the…
Headline
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has reached agreement with Senate Republicans on a bipartisan proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income uninsured adults by…
Headline
Brian Donley, M.D., CEO of Cleveland Clinic London, will chair AHA's Health Care Systems Council in 2020, and Penny Wheeler, M.D., president and CEO of Allina…