Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are seeking answers from the Trump administration over the status of the Next Generation ACO Model set to expire this year and the upcoming Direct Contracting Model.
The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) sent a letter Tuesday to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, which oversees the payment models, on the status of both models. The association said value-based care will be even more important during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need to grow accountable care models to support population health management and give providers the support they need, rather than leaving them uncertain about their future,” the letter from NAACOS President and CEO Clif Gaus said.
The concern centers on payment models that traditionally call for ACOs to take on more financial risk than the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). An ACO traditionally agrees to take on some level of financial risk for not meeting spending targets and must repay Medicare for not meeting those targets, but it gets a share of any savings.