2.4 MILLION PEOPLE WITH MEDICARE TO RECEIVE BETTER, MORE COORDINATED CARE

Cms.gov: Monday, July 09, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that as of July 1, 88[i]   new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) began serving 1.2 million people with Medicare in 40 States and Washington, D.C.  ACOs are organizations formed by groups of doctors and other health care providers that have agreed to work together to coordinate care for people with Medicare.

These 88 new ACOs have entered into agreements with CMS, taking responsibility for the quality of care they provide to people with Medicare in return for the opportunity to share in savings realized through high-quality, well-coordinated care.

“Better coordinated care is good for patients and it saves money,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “We applaud every one of these doctors, hospitals, health centers and others for working together to ensure millions of people with Medicare get better, more patient-centered, coordinated care.”

Participation in an ACO is purely voluntary for providers.  The Shared Savings Program, and other initiatives related to Accountable Care Organizations, is made possible by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.   Federal savings from this initiative could be up to $940 million over four years.

“This new group of ACOs adds to a solid foundation,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “The Medicare ACO program opened for business in January, and already, more than 2.4 million beneficiaries are receiving care from providers participating in these important initiatives.” Read more