CMS just set off summer fireworks, amping up incentives to adopt Value-Based Care in its just-released, 2,066-page 2023 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule. By encouraging formation of new ACOs, the Proposed Rule establishes a pathway to expand beneficiaries’ access to accountable care.
Last year, CMS committed that every Medicare beneficiary will be in an accountable care relationship by 2030, to ensure quality and total cost control. Its October 2021 Innovation Center’s Strategic Refresh identified issues with provider adoption of accountable care networks and alternative payment models (APMs). It also identified two objectives: to drive providers into Accountable Care Networks, and to Advance Health Equity. The risk of financial losses and the lack of provider infrastructure, however, caused ACO volume to plateau, stalling beneficiary volume in accountable care.
The CMS 2023 Proposed Rule addresses those obstacles. Here are nine key takeaways, including four major initiatives for advancing ACOs and five developments in MIPS Value Pathways: