The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday that it is seeking a second round of applicants to the Pioneer ACO Model. It is also soliciting suggestions for new accountable care organization models that encourage greater provider integration and financial accountability.
There are currently 23 participants in the Pioneer ACO model, which is a byproduct of Section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act.
The Pioneer model targets providers and healthcare organizations that already have experience coordinating care for patients across various settings. It allows provider groups to move more rapidly from a shared savings payment model to a population-based payment model on a track consistent with, but separate from, the Medicare Shared Services Program.
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