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ACOs were supposed to save billions. But did they actually raise federal costs by $400M?

April 3, 2018


An Avalere analysis finds accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program increased federal spending by $384 million from 2012 to 2016, but observers question whether the CMS data analyzed accurately represent ACO performance.

Why 7 ACOs dropped out of Medicare's Next Generation ACO Model

March 28, 2018


Four of the seven accountable care organizations (ACOs) that withdrew from Medicare's Next Generation ACO Model say they left the program because of recent changes to the model's design.

17 new systems opt into Next Generation ACO model

January 22, 2018


With the addition of the 17 new systems and the loss of three prior participants, the Next Generation ACO model now has 58 participants, according to CMS.

CMS: 124 new provider groups join MSSP for 2018

January 9, 2018


Clif Gaus, CEO of the National Association of ACOs, says, "The growth of [accountable care organizations (ACOs)] in 2018 shows the continued commitment from the [Trump] administration to increase value in the Medicare program through ACOs," and is an "encouraging sign" of providers' willingness to take on more financial risks.

How medical groups say their Medicare revenue could change by 2019

December 15, 2017


Respondents to AMGA's annual survey say they expect nearly 60% of their Medicare revenues will be tied to risk-based contracts in 2019.

More than 30 percent of MSSP ACOs generated shared savings in 2016

October 31, 2017


CMS data show an estimated 134—or about 31 percent—of 432 accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in its fifth performance year generated shared savings.

Most Pioneer, Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016, CMS data show

October 17, 2017


The CMS data show six of the eight accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participated in the Pioneer program for the 2016 performance generated shared savings, while 11 of 18 Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016.

Senate unanimously passes Medicare chronic care bill

September 28, 2017


The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seeks to improve how Medicare pays for care and reduce costs in the long term.

Medicare shared savings ACOs cut spending by $1B over three years, OIG says

September 5, 2017


David Muhlestein, chief research officer at Leavitt Partners, says the findings from HHS' Office of Inspector General align with a growing body of research indicating that accountable care organizations (ACOs) are improving health care quality overall, even as individual ACO performance varies substantially.

Senate panel advances bill that aims to bolster Medicare beneficiaries' access to care

May 22, 2017


The Congressional Budget Office says existing Medicare funds would cover the bill's costs, meaning the measure would not increase federal spending.

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