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House bill aims to boost ACO participation

House lawmakers introduced legislation aimed at boosting participation in accountable care organizations and other advanced payment models by increasing the percentage of shared savings rates for ACOs and proposing several reforms to Medicare's alternative payment models. The Value in Health Care Act, which received major support from the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and 11 other provider groups, proposes to revise the benchmarking methodology to make it more fair for ACOs, offer advanced funds to help new ACOs get started, extend bonus payments for providers in advanced APMs, and remove distinctions between low- and high-revenue ACOs.

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