Larry Kocot Quoted in “‘Next Generation’ ACO Model Lauded by Healthcare Experts”


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 “'Next Generation' ACO Model Lauded by Healthcare Experts,” by Ilene MacDonald.

Following is an excerpt:

Larry Kocot, visiting fellow, economic studies program at Brookings, who is also an attorney with Epstein, Becker & Green LLC, agreed. "I do think CMS should be credited for thinking creatively to extend the model to meet the needs of providers no matter what stage they are at within the ACO program," he said in an exclusive interview. …

"We are hopeful the changes they proposed and the comments received that they will make the MSSP program more accessible and more friendly to a number of providers," said Kocot, who also served as a senior administrator of CMS.

Kocot said he would like to see CMS establish a fourth track that would lead to full capitation. He recommends tracks that reflect a continuum of ACOs that may begin with little risk and end with the full capitulation model. The next generation model, he said, "adds another dimension to those who are more sophisticated and have care coordination capabilities and data analytic capabilities that are beyond some ACOs."