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Number Of ACOs Taking Downside Risk Doubles Under ‘Pathways To Success’

By: Seema Verma

In December of 2018, the Trump Administration overhauled the largest value-based payment program in fee-for-service Medicare—the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“Shared Savings Program” for short) for “Accountable Care Organizations” or ACOs. ACOs are groups of health care providers that agree to be held accountable for the quality, cost, and experience of care for a population of Medicare beneficiaries. In addition to the Shared Savings Program, CMS administers smaller ACO models through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; these models test new approaches to structuring incentives for ACOs.

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