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CMS names 106 new Medicare ACOs

January 11, 2013

Physicians and hospitals have formed 106 new accountable care organizations to participate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Fifteen of the groups will participate in the program's Advance Payment Model, which provides advance payment of expected shared savings to rural and physician-based ACOs that would benefit from additional start-up resources. MSSP participants agree to be held accountable for improving the health and experience of care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries while reducing the rate of growth in health care spending. To date, more than 250 organizations have formed Medicare ACOs, which are expected to serve more than 4 million beneficiaries. About half of the ACOs are physician-led organizations serving fewer than 10,000 beneficiaries, and about 20% include community health centers, rural health centers and critical access hospitals that serve low-income and rural communities, CMS said. Additional hospitals and physicians can apply to the program this summer.