The revisions that federal officials undertook in the recently issued final version of the Medicare Shared Savings Program from an earlier version drew praise from a national advocacy group for large physician practices.
Shared-savings rules get nod from AMGA
The American Medical Group Association, which represents about 400 of the large physician practices that regulators hoped to attract to the accountable care program, was highly critical of the first draft of the program, as outlined in April. But the latest and final version—issued Oct. 20—apparently contained enough revisions in the key areas to draw a different response.
“We were pleased that CMS heeded many of our suggestions and generally seemed quite responsive to public comments,” Donald Fisher, AMGA president and CEO, said in a written statement this week. “However, changes in each element, while important, will be weighed and assessed by AMGA members and others, according to their own circumstances, individually and in combination.”
Fisher praised the attempts by CMS officials to address the many concerns that the group raised to the earlier version of the rules (PDF), which similarly drew criticism from many other provider advocates.
The changes appeared sufficient to draw renewed interest after many provider groups publically said they would not participate in the program under the previously proposed rules.
“We are optimistic that the model will get rolled-out nationally on Jan. 1, 2012, with sufficient participation to allow the promise of this idea, better, less costly, more coordinated care, to become a reality, over time,” Fisher said.
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