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.