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NAACOS: Proposed rule changes to ACO program are 'deal breakers'

October 05, 2018 / Tina Reed

Proposed changes to the federal accountable care organization (ACO) model—namely, a cut in the shared savings rate from 50% to 25%—would cut the knees out from under the program, board members of the National Association of ACOs said on Thursday. Speaking with reporters at their annual conference in Washington, D.C., ACO leaders said they supported many of the proposed changes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have brought forward regarding ACOs. But proposed rules that would speed their path to risk and reduce the reward they would reap in return for any savings they realize are "deal breakers" for new entrants to the program, said Clif Gaus, NAACOS president, and CEO.