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Research Letter
October 25, 2016

Changes in Medicare Shared Savings Program Savings From 2013 to 2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;316(16):1711-1713. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12049

In the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), participating accountable care organizations (ACOs) are eligible for shared-savings bonuses from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) if spending for their patient population falls below a financial benchmark. In 2013, the first full year of the MSSP, modest spending reductions were entirely offset by bonus payments.1 Program savings beyond 2013 have not been formally evaluated.

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