A few drawbacks of the program, according to Kaufman:
If you’re still not sure if the Medicare ACO or the ACO Pioneer Program sound like opportunities you’d like to pursue at your organization, the CMS is dangling one more carrot to encourage participation through the Advanced Payment Initiative.
“I think going to be helpful, and it’s important [to offer financial aid] but it doesn’t go far enough … there needs to be a loan authority,” says Lutes.
With 93% of American Medical Group Association members recently responding in a survey that they would not be participating in the Medicare ACO program, Kaufman says he views this initiative as an attempt by the government to spark interest and quell their own embarrassment.
“If they weren’t going to get participants, then they needed seed money to try to make it easier to get started,” he says.