ACO Tally Could Double By January, Says CMS Official

CQ HealthBeat: CMS Official: Number Of Medicare ACOs Could Reach 300 In January
The total number of accountable care organizations contracting with Medicare might double in January, the head of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation predicted Tuesday. Currently, 153 ACOs contract with Medicare to provide team-based care that meets certain savings and quality requirements under a so-called shared-savings model. When a third round of such contracts is announced in January, as many as 300 ACOs will have inked agreements, said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official, Richard Gilfillan (Adams, 11/13).

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