As you may know, I’ve been following the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) movement for some time. As a co-author of Clinical Integration: A Roadmap to Accountable Care and Accountable Care: Bridging the Health Information Technology Divide, I’ve followed the market very closely. During that time (and even now) there were plenty of skeptics. They thought Medicare would not get a significant amount of Pioneer ACOs or Shared Savings ACOs and commercial ACO’s would be years away.
Well, they were wrong.
As of the time I’m writing this, there are over 300 ACOs in 48 states covering either private or public beneficiaries and there are numerous others being formed. In fact, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) states that 114 provider groups have started in the Shared Savings program (including the advanced payment model) alone.
Ok, but the question remains; will it work? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but my money is on yes. Quality results will be first shared by CMS in the middle of next year and although I don’t expect too much from early data, it will at least give us a sneak peak of what is to come. In the meantime, I’ll do some research for early results from the ACO experiment and follow up with what I find in the upcoming weeks.