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News and briefs: Eleven AAMC members enter Pioneer ACO program

Residency Program Insider, December 27, 2011

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Nearly a dozen AAMC member institutions will take part in the new Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program that begins January 1. According to AAMC’s website, the federal program seeks to encourage institutions to “provide better and more coordinated care for their Medicare patients and control health care costs.”

In a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 11 AAMC-affiliated institutions will join 21 others in the program in the initiative, which will “test the effectiveness of several innovative payment models.” HHS estimates $1.1 billion could be saved over five years.

“The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are hubs of innovation helping to transform health care in this country,” says AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD “The healthcare systems chosen for this initiative have passed a rigorous selection process and have demonstrated creative and effective approaches to healthcare delivery and cost containment.”

For more, including a list of AAMC-affiliated institutions, click here.



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