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NAACOS asks HHS Secretary Becerra to grow Medicare ACO programs


The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) sent a letter on Monday congratulating Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, on his recent confirmation. The letter also recommends a number of actions to help support accountable care organizations, as well as payment and delivery reform.

To support the ACO movement and promote value-based care, NAACOS recommended to Becerra that HHS should set a national goal to have a majority of traditional Medicare beneficiaries in an ACO by 2025. The agency should also deprioritize the rush to risk and build a population health infrastructure, NAACOS said.

Additionally, said NAACOS, HHS should address overlap of competing payment models to prioritize total cost-of-care models; strengthen incentives to attract new ACOs and retain existing ones; and provide meaningful funding to build infrastructure necessary to spur innovation and value through expanded advanced payments and grants.


The letter, signed by NAACOS president and CEO Clif Gaus, emphasized the importance of the transition to value and decried “years of policies that have hampered that critical transition.”

“The transition to value should not be taken for granted,” wrote Gaus. “While much progress has been made in the past decade, this transformation is […]

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