November 01, 2022
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will invest in rural and underserved accountable care organizations and introduce more flexibility to the Medicare Shared Savings Program with the aim of kickstarting stalled enrollment and bridging health equity gaps.
CMS will offer advanced shared savings to low-revenue ACOs and allow more flexibility for those that take on performance-based risk, the agency announced in a final rule published Tuesday. CMS also finalized adjustments to ACO benchmarks to incentivize long-term participation. Regulators anticipate the changes will lead to $650 million in higher shared savings payments to ACOs.