CMS names 27 ACOs

Under the new Medicare Shared Savings Program, 27 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have entered into agreements with CMS, taking responsibility for the quality of care furnished to people with Medicare in return for the opportunity to share in savings realized through improved care, according to a press release.

According to the press release, the first 27 Shared Savings Program ACOs will serve an estimated 375,000 beneficiaries in 18 States.  This brings the total number of organizations participating Medicare shared savings initiatives on April 1 to 65, including the 32 Pioneer Model ACOs and six Physician Group Practice Transition Demonstration organizations. 

CMS also announced that five ACOs are participating in the Advance Payment ACO Model beginning April 1.  This model will provide advance payment of expected shared savings to rural and physician-based ACOs participating in the Shared Savings Program that would benefit from additional start-up resources. 

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, April 10, 2012; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, http://www.cms.gov/, April 10. 2012)