ACOs under Fire Despite Sound Concept

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General just reported that the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) reduced spending by nearly $1 billion in the first three years of the program. Out of its $1.6 trillion Medicare budget over that period. Or, a “savings” of 0.0625%. Yes, just better than six one hundredths of one percent. The program is justifiably under fire, but for all of the wrong reasons. Osler Health’s James Doulgeris explains why and what to do.