Choosing Your Path in Value: Direct Contracting vs. MSSP

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  • January 26, 2021

January 25, 2021 – Accountable care organization (ACO) models have been the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) primary vehicle for value transformation since the start of the movement. Under an ACO model, coalitions of providers agree to assume responsibility for the cost and quality outcomes of a defined population of patients. While the specific methodologies, terminology, and model policies vary, all ACO programs are population-based and include total cost of care (TCoC) accountability.

This brief is a comprehensive evaluation of both the direct contracting and MSSSP risk-based options.