Medicare’s New ACO Track 1+ Model

06/28/2017

Introduction

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced the details of the Track 1+ Model, its newest Medicare Accountable Care Organization (“ACO”) model.  The Track 1+ Model is an interesting addition to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) because it involves more risk than the Track 1 model, but less risk than Tracks 2 and 3. 

Track 1+ is unique because it allows eligible ACOs and participants to experiment with performance-based payment risk while having limited negative financial exposure. This article provides a detailed overview of the new Track 1+ ACO Model by (i) comparing its most important features to other ACO Track models and (ii) discussing the specific opportunities and challenges the Track 1+ Model presents.

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