Published on January 31, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Modern Healthcare: Providers Net Uneven Results From ACO Experiment
The first results for Medicare's biggest accountable care experiment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act underscore the uneven progress so far by hospitals and doctors trying to curb healthcare costs by coordinating treatment and reducing unnecessary care. Slightly more than half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care efforts in 2012 did not reduce health spending below targets during their first 12 months trying to do so, newly released CMS data show (Evans, 1/30).
CQ HealthBeat: New Savings Figures Buoy Hopes For Potential Of Medicare ACOs
Federal officials delivered an upbeat report Thursday on experiments launched under the health care law to re-engineer health care, reporting a "strong start" to programs to establish accountable care organizations and "bundled payment" contracts in which doctors and hospitals coordinate to deliver more efficient care (Reichard, 1/30).
Related KHN Coverage: FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained (Gold, 8/23/2013).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.