ACO/MSSP Version 2.0: CMS Hopes to Boost Participation in the Share Savings Program

    View Author December 2014
    On December 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would alter parts of the original Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) regulations, specifically relating to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), promulgated in November 2011. CMS hopes to increase participation in the MSSP by easing the transition to risk, reducing risk under the current model, and adopting an alternative risk-based model participation. As a result of these changes, CMS expects a significant increase in total shared savings while shared losses would decrease.