Coronavirus News

Increased Flexibility for ACOs

On April 30, 2020 CMS posted an interim final rule amending the Shared Savings Program regulations in order to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage continued participation by accountable care organizations (ACOs). Changes include: (1) allowing ACOs whose current agreement periods expire on December 31, 2020, the option to extend their existing agreement period by 1 year; (2) clarifying the applicability of the program’s extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy to mitigate shared losses for the period of the COVID19 public health emergency; (3) adjusting program calculations to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on ACOs; and (4) expanding the definition of primary care services for purposes of determining beneficiary assignment to include telehealth codes for virtual check-ins, e-visits, and telephonic communication.