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CMS Is the Reason We Have so Little Useful ACO Research
The Health Care Blog

In his THCB essay, “Why We Have So Little Useful Research on ACOs,” Kip Sullivan correctly notes we know surprisingly little about the ACO program. (While he identifies Medicare, Medicaid and commercial plan ACOs, here I’m referring specifically to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs that account for two-thirds of all ACOs.) Why there is little useful research is however not due to the two reasons Mr. Sullivan proposes. To understand why we lack useful ACO research look no further than the agency that manages the MSSP.

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