More than 30 representatives of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) from across the state came together on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Center for Leadership in Medicine to share best practices and opportunities for improving outcomes in accountable care.
The Council, spearheaded by the NCMS, meets twice a year, alternating with the NC Population Health Collaborative, to bring together organizations at various points along the spectrum on the move to value-based medicine. The Council is confined to ACOs in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programs.
Council participants learned about a telehealth project and its potential for accountable care organizations.
NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Chip Baggett gave the group an overview of the 2016 elections and what they may mean for value-based care in the months and years ahead. In the midst of much uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act, one thing is clear, Baggett said, it is likely that the move to value will continue.
The cornerstone legislation driving the trend toward value is MACRA, which the Council discussed briefly. Much of the meeting was spent with each ACO’s representative sharing their recent challenges and opportunities to offer perspective and new ideas and/or commiserate with others on the Council.
The NC Population Health Collaborative will meet on March 2 and the next NC MSSP & Next Gen Council will meet May 25. If you would like more information on these groups, please contact Melanie Phelps at the NCMS.