President of Dobson | DaVanzo, Al Dobson, has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. Out of the 1.5 million individuals nominated, only a small percentage are selected for this recognition.
Dobson | DaVanzo’s new evaluation of Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) found greater savings than the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) benchmark savings estimate.
Dobson |DaVanzo’s Alex Hartzman and Kimberly Rhodes participated in a webinar presentation sponsored by the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) last month. The audience included NAACOS member representatives from Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) is undergoing a major overhaul under the Pathways to Success regulation, finalized December 31, 2018. This regulation replaces the existing program participation tracks with an emphasis on increasing downside risk, as well as updates a variety of other program rules. This rule went into effect on January 1, 2019, with most aspects to be implemented fully starting July 1, 2019.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148 as amended) required significant reductions to Medicaid payments to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share (DSH) of low-income and vulnerable patients starting in 2014. However, the start of Medicaid DSH payment cuts was delayed several times by policymakers. In 2013, Congress postponed the beginning of payment reductions to 2018, and budget bills in later years continued to postpone the cuts.