CMS plans to 'retire' some ACOs

Modern Healthcare: The CMS wants to eliminate zero and low-risk tracks for accountable care organizations to more quickly move them to downside risk.

The agency announced Thursday that it is planning to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program by scrapping Track 1 and Track 2 and will launch a Basic track that provides a smaller window for an ACO to be upside before it must take on modest downside financial risk. The agency proposes keeping the Track 3 high-risk option but it would be renamed the Enhanced track.

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