Debates over ACO Performance Measurements

Date: 06.18.2013 | Anna Abraham

Medicare’s Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and federal officials debate over the newly drafted quality targets for savings performance measurement. These benchmarks have not yet been released, but will be key to deciding the rewards for hospitals and medical groups. When finalized, they could greatly affect Medicare’s second, larger accountable care effort.

Critics of more demanding quality measurements are among Medicare’s Pioneer accountable care initiative, a group of 32 ACOs. Since February they have been urging federal officials to delay more quality measurements and maintain the current  ACO 2013 quality performance standards.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) denied this request and continued the new draft.

During the National Accountable Care Organization Summit in Washington late last week Dr. Kate Goodrich, acting director of quality measures and health assessment for the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, said the agency was “working to streamline its quality measures and more quickly develop new ones.”

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