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News: 88 new accountable care organizations to serve 1.2 million

Case Management Weekly, August 8, 2012

Accountable care organizations (ACO) in 40 states and Washington, D.C., began serving 1.2 million patients last month, CMS announced recently

ACOs are organizations formed by groups of physicians and other healthcare providers that have agreed to work together to coordinate care for people with Medicare. Provider participation in an ACO is purely voluntary.  

 The 88 new ACOs entered into agreements with CMS, taking responsibility for the quality of care they provide to Medicare beneficiaries in return for the opportunity to share in savings realized through high-quality, well-coordinated care, CMS said in a press release. 

With the addition of these 88 ACOs, a total of 154 organizations now participate in Medicare shared savings initiatives. As of July 1, more than 2.4 million beneficiaries received care from providers participating in Medicare shared savings initiatives.

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