CHA News Article

Interim Final Rule Sets Policies for Accountable Care Organizations Affected by Wildfires

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published the attached interim final rule, establishing policies for assessing the financial and quality performance of Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations affected by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, including the California wildfires, in performance year 2017. The policies would apply when 20 percent or more of an organization’s assigned beneficiaries reside in an area affected by a disaster, or when the organization’s legal entity is located in a disaster area. For affected organizations in performance year 2017, CMS proposes a minimum quality performance score that is the mean score for all Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations, and to limit organizations’ shared losses for track 2 and 3. Comments on the interim final rule are due by Feb. 20.