Medicare Sets New Rules For Evaluating ACO Cost Savings
The change will set cost benchmarks for accountable care organizations at regional levels, rather than using national data, Modern Healthcare reports.
CMS Finalizes Changes To ACO Cost Targets
The CMS has finalized changes to the way it evaluates whether Medicare accountable care organizations are saving money, responding to persistent complaints that the program was harder for efficient providers because they had to compete against their own success. Under the revised methodology (PDF), the agency will adjust cost benchmarks based on regional rather than national spending data when an ACO signs up for a second or subsequent three-year contract period. (Dickson, 6/6)