More than half of ACOs likely to leave Medicare Shared Savings program

Elvera Bartels

More than half, 56%, of healthcare organizations taking financial risk in a Medicare program said they are at least somewhat likely to drop out because of the financial pressure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations.

While 30% of accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program said it was not likely they would drop out, 21% said they were very likely to leave and 14% said they were likely to drop out of the program. Another 21% of ACOs said they were somewhat likely to leave MSSP.

Almost 80% of ACOs said they were “very concerned” about their ACO performance this year.

“CMS has yet to adequately mitigate the costs and disruptions of the pandemic,” said Clif Gaus, NAACOS president and CEO. “ACOs are telling us that they will leave the program unless there is protection

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