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Health Agencies Update
October 27, 2015

Medicare ACOs Improving Quality of Care: CMS Report

JAMA. 2015;314(16):1683. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12840

Quality scores for Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) improved in 2014, and Medicare ACOs saved more than $411 million in Medicare health care spending, including all Medicare ACO savings and losses, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) report on 2014 quality and financial results for Medicare ACOs (http://go.cms.gov/1i1DrZ6).

Medicare ACOs are groups of physicians, other clinicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities that work together to provide coordinated care for Medicare beneficiaries. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, more than 420 Medicare ACOs have been formed, which collectively care for 7.8 million Medicare beneficiaries (http://go.cms.gov/1UbHLRj).

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