Medicare says there are now 154 ACOs serving 2.4 million members through its shared savings program. A list of 89 ACOs that most recently joined the program appears here. Notes CMS:
Studies have shown that better care often costs less, because coordinated care helps to ensure that the patient receives the right care at the right time, partly because patients avoid unnecessary duplication of services and dangerous medical errors.
Well, that’s the idea behind ACOs anyway, and if it works it will be a very big deal indeed. There are about 46 million Medicare members–indicating that the shared saving program is serving about 5% of total Medicare lives. In contrast, Medicare Advantage serves about 13 million members or 28% of total Medicare lives.