ACO Rollout Continues With 89 New Networks

Capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org: By Jenny Gold: JULY 9TH, 2012, 2:18 PM

The next round of accountable care organizations is out at last.

On Monday, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the selection of 89 new ACOs. That’s more than triple the number of ACOs selected in the previous round. As of July 1, the newly anointed networks became responsible for providing better, cheaper care to 1.2 million seniors on Medicare.

The Medicare ACO program was created under the 2010 federal health law, and there had been some worry among health care providers about what would happen to the program if the Affordable Care Act was ruled unconstitutional.

Now that the law has been upheld by the Supreme Court, Medicare ACOs that have sprouted up throughout the country can proceed with more confidence. Read more