Health care providers nationwide are responding heroically to the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is spreading, and our providers are on the front lines managing and treating more patients each day. Caravan Health calls on CMS to assure that the Medicare Shared Savings Program will fairly account for these extraordinary circumstances.
Our nation’s health system remains committed to improving the health of our seniors. The MSSP is improving the quality of care while achieving cost-efficiency, but the rapidly changing circumstance of the pandemic are creating uncertainty about health costs. This uncertainty could threaten participation in the MSSP unless CMS acts.
To sustain the momentum and strong results of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, CMS should freeze all MSSP Pathways contracts at their current risk level through 2021 and give new Pathways ACOs the option of starting in July 2021, rather than January.
ACO participants simply can’t consider how to move to take on more risk while overwhelmed with caring for patients and providers. Health providers need and deserve to get through this unprecedented situation without worrying about moving to a new level of ACO risk for 2021.
Our health care providers deserve to be treated fairly in these extraordinary circumstances. Making these commonsense program changes will let our providers continue their important work when the COVID-19 crisis is behind us.
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