Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties.
In a letter to Dr. Patrick Conway, the Innovation Center’s director, the AHA said that financial risks outweighed the potential bonuses for hospitals under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the accountable care initiative created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“The No. 1 way to increase participation in ACO programs is to modify the shared-savings determination to ensure that more ACOs are able to receive a bonus—and a larger bonus—so that they can continue to invest in the program,” the letter stated.