CHA News Article

President Announces Landmark ACA Achievements
More than 20 million Americans insured

Earlier this month, President Obama announced two landmark health care achievements since passage of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to more than 20 million Americans now insured, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted that more than 30 percent of Medicare Part A and B payments are now tied to alternative payment models. The latter milestone, which was part of HHS’ 2015 goals, was achieved ahead of schedule and reflects the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) commitment to tying payments to the quality and value of care provided to beneficiaries — a commitment echoed by the agency’s implementation of mandatory payment models, such as the Comprehensive Care for Join Replacement payment model, which holds hospitals accountable for a 90-day episode of care. CMS aims to tie 50 percent of spending to alternative payment models by the end of 2018 and encourages providers to adopt alternative payment models in their private contracts. To spur adoption, CMS has convened the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) to share and disseminate best practices and to track progress across the public and private sector.