Pioneer ACO program set to launch by end of year

Don Berwick, CMS Administrator, expects the Pioneer ACO program to launch this year, according to CQ Healthbeat. 

The article, found on, states that the year-end launch of the program is behind the original timeline of a fall launch.  The ACO program is scheduled to launch in January 2012. 

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, September 14, 2011; CQ HealthBeat, (subscription required);, September 14, 2011)