Shared Savings Program

Shared Savings Program


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The Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) promotes accountability for a patient population, improves the coordination of items and services for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries, and encourages investment in high-quality and efficient services. 

The Shared Savings Program offers providers and suppliers an opportunity to create or join an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals that work together to give patients high-quality, coordinated service and health care, improve health outcomes, and manage costs. ACOs agree to be held accountable for the quality, cost, and experience of care of an assigned Medicare FFS beneficiary population.  

Under the Shared Savings Program, providers and suppliers that participate in an ACO continue to receive traditional Medicare FFS payments under Parts A and B. When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, the ACO may be eligible to share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program, or some instances may owe losses if it increases cost. The Shared Savings Program has different participation options (tracks) that allow ACOs to select an arrangement that makes the most sense for their organization.

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Program Guidance & Specifications

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Program Data 

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