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Medicare ACOs could lose bonuses due to quality measure change
Modern Healthcare

Accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program claim they may lose out on some of their bonuses after the CMS made unexpected changes to a smoking cessation measure.

Medicare ACOs were recently surprised to see during 2018 quality reporting for the CMS program that substantial changes had been made to ACO-17, a preventive measure used to screen patients for tobacco use and provide a cessation intervention for those who smoke. The change caused some ACOs to see a 30% or greater drop in their performance scores on the measure compared to 2017, potentially impacting their ability to receive shared savings, according to a letter the National Association of ACOs sent to the CMS earlier this week.