AMA, AHIP join NAACOS in effort to limit changes to ACO program

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AMA, AHIP and several physician groups want CMS to keep the timetable for ACOs to take on financial risk. (Getty/ronstik)

Nine healthcare organizations—including the American Medical Association (AMA) and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)—are asking the federal officials to scale back proposed changes the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

In a letter (PDF) to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, the groups urged the agency to give accountable care organizations more time to participate in the federal program and maintain their 50% cut in shared savings.

A proposed rule released last month would reduce the amount of time ACOs can be in the programs upside only track from down from six years to two. It would also cut the shared savings rate to 25%. 

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