Primary care physicians (PCP) make up the backbone of ACOs. However, given the recent emphasis on the need for more cost-effective and quality care, it will be incumbent upon ACOs — especially those looking to join the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) — to provide care from specialists, including dermatologists. If asked to join an ACO, whether it’s under the MSSP or with a private-sector ACO, dermatologists should engage in thorough dialogue with the ACO to learn more about what participation would entail.
The following are several critical questions to ask prior to making the decision about whether to join an ACO.
When all the necessary information about the ACO has been collected, schedule a meeting with your general counsel to talk through what you have learned prior to making any decisions about joining.