• Will ACOs Gain Traction In 2012? Take These Steps to Be Prepared
  • January 17, 2012 | Authors: Bruce D. Armon; Karen L. Palestini; Andrew J. Siegel
  • Law Firms: Saul Ewing LLP - Philadelphia Office ; Saul Ewing LLP - Princeton Office ; Saul Ewing LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • In December 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Systems (CMS) announced it had selected 32 health care systems to participate in its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative. The Pioneer program is an initiative designed by the CMS Innovation Center to test the effectiveness of certain ACO payment arrangements. These Pioneer ACOs were chosen from a pool of eighty (80) applicants based upon their significant experience operating in ACO-ike arrangements and, according to CMS, represent 18 states and the opportunity to improve care for approximately 860,000 beneficiaries.