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AMA News Room

June 5, 2015

AMA Statement on New Rules for Medicare Shared Savings Program

For immediate release:
June 5, 2015

Statement attributed to:
Robert M. Wah, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) commends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for recognizing that there should not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in its new rules for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

“Maintaining an ACO model that does not require repayment of financial losses will allow many physicians to gain experience analyzing data, improving care coordination and identifying opportunities to improve patient care while reducing spending, which will help prepare them for the implementation of the recent MACRA legislation.

“The AMA believes the ACO program will be most successful if physicians in each specialty can design and be paid in ways that give them the flexibility to deliver the best care for their patients and allow them to take accountability for the aspects of quality and spending they can manage.

“We encourage CMS to accelerate efforts to accept and approve physician-designed alternative delivery and payment models in addition to its efforts to expand the ACO program.”

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