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Weighing the ABCs of ACOs: Which program is right for you?

May 4, 2017

    We're already a quarter into the first performance year of MACRA and we've noticed a significant uptick in the number of organizations trying to evaluate which Medicare Alternative Payment Model (APM) may be the right one for them—particularly, which Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.

    While organizations do not have to join an APM, we strongly recommend at least joining an APM without downside risk (such as MSSP Track 1). Doing so enables organizations to not only take advantage of the MIPS-APM scoring standard, but also helps them prepare for future payment reforms.

    Here are four questions we'd recommend asking to inform which ACO model is right for your organization:

    1. Do you have experience with downside risk, specifically with a Medicare FFS population?

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