Encouraging Continued Participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

CMS has proposed several possible changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program in an effort to attract new participants and to encourage current participants to continue with the program beyond their initial 3-year commitment.

With more than 400 accountable care organizations (ACOs) enrolled, the Medicare Shared Savings Program is one of the most visible health care delivery reform efforts of the Affordable Care Act. Through the program, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers are given incentives to invest in infrastructure and redesigned care processes to foster higher-quality and more efficient care.

In an effort to attract new participants and to encourage current participants to continue with the program beyond their initial 3-year commitment, CMS has proposed several possible changes designed to make it easier for ACOs to take on financial risks as well as reap rewards.

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Source: The Commonwealth Fund