Boldest ACOs Deliver Mixed Results In Pivotal 1st Year

Law360, New York (July 16, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT) -- Medicare on Tuesday reported that its most advanced accountable care organizations often delivered cheaper and better care during their first year, but the news was clouded by word that nine of the 32 groups will switch to a less-rigorous model of coordinated treatment or drop out entirely.

Overall, 13 of the so-called Pioneer ACOs took home $76 million in savings, and they generated another $33 million in savings for Medicare, the federal government reported.

More broadly, per-patient costs rose 0.3 percent among the Pioneers, which served...
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