CMS should keep the 2021 application cycle for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) open and implement other changes to the program to protect providers from excessive costs incurred during the pandemic, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) recently urged.
“CMS has instituted a number of changes to support providers and their patients during the national public health emergency,” CEO Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, AMGA president and CEO, in a press release. “But the work to move our delivery system to one that prioritizes value needs to continue. We cannot afford to pause the progress that we have made in the transition to value-based care, and cancelling the 2021 application cycle for the MSSP will unnecessarily inhibit that transition.”
The voluntary nature of the program means that only providers who believe they can succeed in the large accountable care organization (ACO) model will chose to apply, added Penso in a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.