A recent blog post published on Health Affairs takes a look at the arguments for making health care providers move to two-sided risk in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) following their first or second three-year performance cycle.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2011 proposed that accountable care organizations assume two-sided risk at the end of its first agreement period, but the agency backed off following stakeholder opposition. It then in 2015 decided to allow ACOs to stay in a one-sided risk model for a second agreement cycle.
However, allowing providers to remain in a one-sided risk model for an additional agreement period, according to the blog post, conflicts with the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to “accelerate the transition to more advanced payment models.”
Read the full blog post on Health Affairs by clicking here.