A group of leading healthcare industry groups are calling on HHS to provide more full-risk accountable care organization (ACO) model options, including an extension of the popular Next Generation ACO Model.
“We are writing to urge HHS to extend this model through 2022 and create a permanent full risk ACO option based on Next Gen for the future. We also ask that HHS reexamine the model evaluation reports,” the 14 groups wrote to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
The groups included the American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Group Association (AMGA), Health Care Transformation Task Force, National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), and Premier Healthcare Alliance.
The Next Generation ACO Model is slated to finish at the end of the year after getting a one-year reprieve due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The model offers ACOs a full-risk option and contains greater financial risk compared to other Medicare ACO models.