Larry Kocot Quoted in “5 Changes to Help Medicare ACOs Thrive”


Larry Kocot, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office was quoted in FierceHealthcare, in “5 Changes to Help Medicare ACOs Thrive,” by Zack Budryk.

Following is an excerpt:

Medicare ACOs have made progress on care quality and patient experience, but only 1 in 4 MSSP ACOs has reduced spending enough to share in overall savings, write Mark McClellan, Ph.D., Ross White of the Brookings Institution and Lawrence Kocot of Epstein Becker & Green. …

ACOs need increased support to communicate and engage with their patients, for which the authors suggest expanding the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's pilot program for Pioneer ACOs' "attestation models." …

Many ACOs in the private sector have seen greater innovation than those under the Medicare umbrella. Commercial ACOs have led the shift away from fee-for-service with limited financial risk, the authors write, and CMS "should seek to reinforce those successful steps."