Pioneer ACO Model
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday that it is seeking a second round of applicants to the Pioneer ACO Model.
Mixed results from the first year of an ambitious accountable care organization program should not deter providers from moving toward coordinated care models, according to prominent observers. All 32 of the Pioneer ACOs met quality measures in their first year and earned associated incentive payments, according to a July 16 report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Despite a somewhat rocky start, Medicare beneficiaries have been supportive of accountable care organizations, a government official said.
A top nursing home industry executive made a case against Medicare cuts and in favor of payment and delivery reforms in long-term and post-acute care in a Senate hearing Wednesday.