Health care partner Matthew Amodeo was quoted in a Managed Care article titled “ACOs Sit Like Gibraltar in Rough Seas of Change.” The article discusses the probable future of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) should efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act be successful.
Experts are optimistic that ACOs will survive any changes to the ACA repeal for a number of reasons, including the popularity of ACOs among health care insurers and the recent Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which enables some ACO participants to earn incentive payments.
Matthew noted, “You can’t look at ACOs in a vacuum…[y]ou have to consider them in the context of MACRA and the significant payment changes in the way physicians are reimbursed that touches on the value-based concept, quality and costs, and patient satisfaction.”
Matthew also touched on the long-term future of ACOs, explaining that they represent a stage in the transition from “fee for service” payments to risk-based reimbursement models. “I would say that 10 years from now, you will be looking at a more risk-based reimbursement model,” he explains. “ACO will just kind of be a term of art that will eventually disappear.”