Home Health Care News January 12, 2020
Robert Holly

The latest ACO numbers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are in — and home health providers should be paying attention.

More than two years ago, the Trump administration made major changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program for accountable care organizations (ACOs), arguably the biggest value-based payment program in fee-for-service Medicare. 

While the ACO model is nuanced and complex, ACOs are generally defined as 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. That sometimes includes both upside and downside risk. 

Since the concept took off, home health providers have been viewed as valued partners within that group, though...