The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a new policy brief - Understanding the Medicare ACO and Its Potential Impact on Ohio and the Nation: Considerations of CMS Draft Rules, as well as an accompanying primer on the same topic.
In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of attention given to the draft rules regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) – a program authorized by federal health reform that encourages physicians, hospitals, and certain other types of providers and suppliers to form accountable care organizations to provide cost-effective, coordinated care to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. An ACO that meets certain operational, clinical, and quality requirements may share in savings achieved in Medicare expenditures for assigned beneficiaries.
HPIO’s brief summarizes the MSSP Proposed Rules, highlights key considerations and concerns, and presents reactions from several Ohio-based health systems that are already implementing some form of accountable care.
To download the brief (24 pages, pdf), click here
For the primer (4 pages, pdf), click here
For a table describing the 65 quality measures, click here