Accountable care organizations are more likely to stay in the Medicare Shared Savings Program if they achieve bonuses, even if it’s just once, according to a new study.
The analysis, published Monday in Health Affairs, found that the risk of an ACO leaving the Medicare program is cut by more than three-quarters if they receive shared savings for at least one performance year. Overall, 30% of the 624 ACOs that participated at some point in the first five years of the program left. The findings come a few months after the CMS overhauled the program, which will force ACOs to take on risk sooner. Since then, concerns have been raised about whether or not ACOs will join or stick with the program.