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Medicare advisers mull altering bonus payments for ACOs

April 10, 2018 / Mike Stankiewicz

A stronger payment incentive for certain coordinated care organizations could be the key to reducing healthcare costs, according to the primary group that advises Congress on Medicare policy. At a public meeting last week, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed possible tweaks and changes to accountable care organizations (ACOs), including expansion of a major bonus incentive payment. ACOs and other coordinated care programs have been touted as ways to curve the costs of healthcare spending and improve patient outcomes.