Statement on Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation ACOs participants Last Updated: January 12, 2016
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By Joe Damore, vice president of population health, Premier, Inc.

The Premier healthcare alliance congratulates newly-approved and renewing ACOs for their selection by CMS for the next round of the Medicare Shared Savings (MSSP) and the Next Generation ACO (NGACO) programs.

For several months, Premier worked with 14 applicants as part of our MSSP and NGACO Application Cohorts. We are delighted that all 14 members submitting applications were chosen for participation, continuing our 100 percent success rate across these cohorts. Since we began helping organizations with their applications, we’ve helped approximately 60 organizations successfully apply to these programs.

The continued growth of voluntary Medicare ACO programs, coupled with upcoming alternative payment models authorized through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), sends a clear signal that a majority of providers will be participating in at least some form of value-based reimbursement in the future. With aligned incentives in place across the care continuum, we are confident that our healthcare system will have greater flexibility and the ability to innovate for improved community health.

— Joe Damore, vice president of population health, Premier, Inc.