HealthExec March 27, 2023
Amy Baxter

More than two dozen healthcare groups have teamed up to ask the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create a new payment option in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to bolster primary care and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

The payment option proposed is a hybrid model that aligns with evidence-based payment recommendations in the 2021 NASEM Report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care, developed by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The letter comes after the Medicare Advisory Committee (MedPAC) recently recommended tying physician payments to the Medicare Economic Index (MEI)––a move that would adjust payments to inflation. However, the recommendation would only tie payments to 50% of the MEI, which healthcare groups immediately criticized as being...

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Topics: ACO (Accountable Care), CMS, Govt Agencies, Payment Models, Primary care, Provider, Value Based
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