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Transforming the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Sharon Parsley ( is a Regional Corporate Responsibility Officer for AdventHealth in Ocala, FL.

Traditional Medicare has 38 million enrollees, and another 22.5 million individuals participate in Medicare Advantage and “other” plans (MA beneficiaries).[1] According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2018 more than half of MA beneficiaries were covered by accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).[2] At 12 million covered beneficiaries currently, the considerable overhaul to the CMS flagship MSSP, finalized in its December 2018 “Pathways to Success” final rule,[3] warrants our attention.

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