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Welcome to Toward Accountable Payment, the official blog of the Medicare Payment Innovation Project. The project is an ongoing initiative to study provider payment reform and support organizations engaging in innovative payment programs.
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We've already received over 110 responses from senior health care executives to our 2013 Accountable Payment Survey—an ongoing benchmarking initiative to demonstrate where our industry stands in the move toward payment reform, and where its leaders expect to go in the coming years.
While the group appears similar in size and composition to the 2011 participant pool, initial data suggests that attitudes toward risk have changed significantly.
Survey results: Percentage of providers taking on risk doubled since 2011
Last week, CMS released the application schedule for joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in January 2014.
CMS moved the application deadlines forward by one month, starting the process in May rather than June this year. Although CMS offered three application windows for the initial cohorts—April 2012, July 2012, and January 2013—CMS has transitioned to a single, annual MSSP application process. Note that any organizations that miss the upcoming application deadlines would need to wait another year to apply for the MSSP’s January 2015 cohort.
CMS announces 2014 Medicare Shared Savings Program application deadlines
Earlier this month, HHS announced the launch of the third wave of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs. The January cohort includes 106 ACOs—the largest launch group yet—bringing the total number of MSSP participants up to 221 ACOs. According to HSS, up to four million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries may receive care from ACOs this year.
Meet the new Medicare ACOs