H.R.4580 - ACO Improvement Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 12/06/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce|
|Latest Action:||House - 12/08/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4580 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (12/06/2017)
ACO Improvement Act of 2017
This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to allow an accountable care organization (ACO) to: (1) reduce or eliminate certain cost-sharing for primary care services provided within the ACO's network; (2) develop incentives to encourage patient engagement; (3) elect prospective assignment of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries; and (4) if specified requirements are met, distribute internal cost savings.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shall waive specified regulatory requirements for ACOs that have elected to share in both savings and losses under a "two-sided risk model."
In addition, the bill: (1) requires the CMS to waive, with respect to certain ACOs, specified limitations regarding telehealth services; (2) allows certain ACOs to depart slightly from specified minimum enrollment requirements; (3) requires the CMS to establish a demonstration project for allowing growth of certain prospective risk scores; (4) and allows the CMS to make permanent certain ACO-related pilot programs that have been successful.