ACOs Saved $380M In Boost For Health Reform Law

Law360, New York (January 30, 2014, 5:15 PM EST) -- Medicare’s accountable care organizations saved $380 million in their first year, federal regulators reported Thursday, although results were uneven for coordinated-treatment models that are central to the Affordable Care Act.

The data applies to the two types of ACOs that launched in 2012, connecting different providers to streamline care with the goal of improving outcomes and cutting costs.

While total savings appeared to be respectable, the gains were from a minority of ACOs that came out of the gate strongly. For example, 54 of the 114...
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