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Industry groups sound off on ACO program changes, but half of participants say they will stay

October 17, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

Provider groups had plenty to say about the proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) that are likely to drive out a portion of accountable care organizations (ACOs) if finalized. A new survey by the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) released this week shows that 60% of ACOs currently in the MSSP wouldn’t enter the program under the proposed structure, which includes reducing shared savings from 50% to 25% and shortening the amount of time ACOs can remain in a one-sided risk model from six years to two years. Nearly half of the ACOs surveyed said they are likely to continue even if those changes take effect. More than one-third (36%) said they were unlikely to continue under the proposed structure, and 16% took a neutral stance.