Medicare ACO Proposed Changes

Recently The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced an overhaul to the Affordable Care Organization program. The overhaul would be specific to EHRs and risk-based payment models.

My favorite proposed changes in this rule:

  1. Reduce administrative burden by streamlining quality measures that ACOs are required to report.
  2. Allow ACOs to provide incentive payments to patients in order to boost beneficiary engagement.
  3. Primary Care Providers must notify each beneficiary that they are a part of an ACO and explain what this means for their care.
  4. Total estimated savings of $2.2 billion in Medicare dollars over 10 years.
  5. ACOs with multiple years of poor financial performance would be terminated from the program.
  6. Advance interoperability and give patients more control over their medical information by implementing criteria around the number of clinicians using electronic medical records
  7. Reimburse ACOs for telemedicine services and virtual visits in rural areas.
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About the Author:

Taylor Johnson
Taylor is the Meaningful Use Specialist at eMedApps and has been working with Meaningful Use since 2013. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s of science in Health Systems Management where she was introduced to the different areas of health care. She found her passion to be in patient satisfaction and began her journey in Meaningful Use to assure patients are getting the best quality of care possible.