by René Y. Quashie and Lynn Shapiro Snyder

As the health care industry analyzes the recently released final rule and related guidance regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) for accountable care organizations (“ACOs”), it is important for the industry to also pay attention to key deadlines related to initiatives being implemented by the Center for Medicare and Medicare Innovation (“CMMI” or “Innovation Center”) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”).

While the MSSP ACO initiative is a permanent Medicare program, CMMI is developing and promoting other initiatives—some related to the MSSP, others not—which should be part of any provider’s considerations related to the “Medicare Menu” of options now available to customize an entity’s Medicare payment methodologies. This alert will address a number of key Medicare initiatives currently under way at the Innovation Center and another to be implemented by the Center for Medicare within CMS.

To explore the MSSP and other value-based initiatives further, Epstein Becker Green will cohost the following webcast:

Healthcare Transformation Accelerates:
What Could the MSSP and Other Value-Based Purchasing
Initiatives Mean for Your Organization?
Webcast: Nov. 9, 2011, 1 pm ET

Epstein Becker Green, KPMG Healthcare, and the JHD Group invite you to join the fourth webcast in a series that will explore the new regulations and the broader implications of moving toward payment systems that reward enhancements to quality, cost, and access.

The 120-minute session, which will dedicate 30 minutes to Q&A, will focus on how organizations can begin to connect the dots from the final MSSP rule to accountable care organizations, the increasing movement across the industry to new quality and cost-based payment models, and the regulations’ strategic and operational implications for care delivery systems.

Read the full alert here         Register for the webinar here