The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has named 123 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) in its Medicare Shared Savings Program, effective Jan. 1, 2014, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.
The new ACOs will provide approximately 1.5 million more Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality coordinated care across the U.S. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 360 ACOs have been established, serving more than 5.3 million Americans with Medicare.
The new ACOs include a diverse cross-section of healthcare providers across the country, including providers delivering care in underserved areas. More than half of ACOs are physician-led organizations that serve fewer than 10,000 beneficiaries. Approximately 1 in 5 ACOs include community health centers, rural health clinics, and critical access hospitals that serve low-income and rural communities.
A complete list of the 123 newly named Medicare ACOs and their service areas can be found here.
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