AHL’s TOP STORY: CMS Announces 27 Medicare Shared Savings Program Participants
CMS yesterday announced it has selected 27 health organizations to become accountable care organizations under the federal health reform law’s Medicare Shared Savings Program, Modern Healthcare reports.
The announcement comes after CMS in January launched the “Pioneer” Accountable Care Organization program that created 32 new ACOs, and the Physician Group Practice Transition Demonstration, which created six new ACOs (Daly, Modern Healthcare, 4/10).
The 27 new ACOs include more than 10,000 physicians, 10 hospitals and 13 smaller, physician-led organizations, which will serve about 375,000 Medicare beneficiaries in 18 states (Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 4/10). Jonathan Blum, director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, said that many of the new ACOs also are working with private insurers to treat non-Medicare beneficiaries (Gold/Torres, Kaiser Health News, 4/10). In total, the 65 new ACOs in the three programs will provide care for 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries (FierceHealthcare, 4/10).
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