The nationwide association dedicated to promoting the interests of the accountable care organizations (ACOs) operating across the U.S. healthcare system has sponsored research that validates the association’s contention that legislation recently introduced into Congress around ACOs and other alternative payment models (APMs), will save the Medicare program hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
The Washington, D.C.-based NAACOS (National Association of ACOs) announced on Aug. 18 the publication of a new analysis showing that ACOs and APMs could save the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the Medicare program, $270 million over the next decade. As explained in the press release posted to its website on Tuesday, “At the request of NAACOS, the Moran Company used statistical modeling to replicate how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) might “score” the Value in Health Care Act (H.R. 7791). The analysis found that the legislation could increase participation in ACOs, which have shown to lower Medicare spending, thereby creating more financial savings for Medicare than ACO and APM incentives in the bill, such as increased shared savings rates.”