As part of the Affordable Care Act, thirty two organizations from across the country will participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative, according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
According to the release, under this initiative, Medicare will reward groups of health care providers that have formed ACOs based on how well they are able to both improve the health of their Medicare patients and lower their health care costs.
The 32 Pioneer ACOs include physician-led organizations and health systems, urban and rural organizations, and organizations in various geographic regions of the country. The final list of Pioneer ACOs is posted here http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp
The first performance period of the Pioneer ACO Model will begin January, 1st 2012.
(Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.hhs.gov/, December 19, 2011)