Medicare Shared Savings Program May Get A Makeover

By Michael Lampert, Susan Sheffler and Whitney Wadman (August 27, 2018, 1:10 PM EDT) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, or MSSP, for accountable care organizations, or ACOs.

The revised program, referred to as "Pathways to Success": 

Modifies the participation options available, in an effort to address what CMS has characterized as weak risk incentives in the current MSSP program, and to encourage more ACO participation in two-sided risk models;

Updates the ACO benchmark methodology;

Allows eligible ACOs to establish a beneficiary incentive program;

Implements an interoperability criterion regarding use of certified electronic health record technology, or CEHRT; and

Seeks to incorporate...

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