CMS recently released a proposal to strengthen the Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) by placing greater emphasis on primary care services and promoting transitions to performance-based risk arrangements. CMS is seeking to continue this dialogue to ensure that the Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs are successful in providing seniors and people with disabilities with better care at lower costs. The proposed rule is part of CMS’ continued commitment to reward value and care coordination, rather than volume and care duplication. CMS encourages doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to work together to better coordinate care, which can ultimately reduce healthcare costs and improve outcomes.
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