Medicare announced 106 new ACO contracts last week, that offer financial incentives to improve quality of care. According to the CMS press release at least half of all ACOs are physician-led organizations.

Accountable care, was among a few policies in health reform law that seek to more closely tie payment to performance.  ACOs must meet quality standards and CMS has established 33 quality measures on things like care coordination and appropriate use of preventive health services.  CMS provides two incentive options under the shared savings program and some critics contend that the incentives aren’t adequate.

CMS expects the ACO program to significantly help reduce the growth rate of Medicare spending.

The sole Nevada ACO approval was for a physician led ACO :

Internal Medicine Associates ACO, P.C.

Dr. Mahfoud Beajow

Contact : Michael McCarthy

 

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/News.html

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/Downloads/2013-ACO-Contacts-Directory.pdf

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