June 10, 2015
Health Care Alert
Will the number of Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) continue to grow? All signs point to “yes” given recent developments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). ACO stakeholders should monitor several key developments and trends in the coming months.
The prevalence of ACOs has grown steadily since 2011 when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized rules for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”). While there have been bumps along the road, there are numerous reasons to believe that the accountable care movement, both governmental and commercial, is likely to continue at a rapid pace into the near future. Continued growth in the accountable care movement aligns with the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan to move at least 50 percent of Medicare payments to alternative payment models, including ACO-based arrangements, by 2018.
There are several key developments that ACO stakeholders should monitor in the second half of 2015 as ACOs become a mainstream model for health care delivery:
These four ACO trends signal that the accountable care movement is likely to grow and help facilitate the government’s “triple aim” of improving health care quality, lowering costs, and increasing patient satisfaction.
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