On March 3, CMS is hosting a “listening session” to receive feedback on proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program/ benchmarking methodology published on February 3, 2016. In particular, CMS invites comments on provisions addressing:

  • Incorporation of regional fee-for-service expenditures into the methodology for resetting accountable care organizations’ (ACO) historical benchmark;
  • Adjustments to an ACO’s benchmark for changes in its composition of ACO participants;
  • Transition to performance-based risk; and
  • Administrative finality of financial calculations.