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MSSP Program May Add New Quality Measures
HealthLeaders Media

With the Medicare Shared Savings Program preparing to enter its fourth year in 2015, federal officials are recasting the list of quality metrics and providing “bonus payments” to incentivize year-to-year performance gains.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rules for 2015 payments through Medicare B, which covers outpatient care, include several changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program. With more than 300 healthcare organizations participating, MSSP is the largest of two accountable care programs CMS administers, in part because it is a risk-bearing contract with no downside. In the other one, CMS’s Pioneer ACO program, participants benefit from gain-sharing but also face the risk of cost-sharing.