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CMS releases performance results for ACOs


WASHINGTON – Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Pioneer ACO Model and Medicare Shared Savings Program generated more than $372 million in savings in their second and first years, respectively, CMS reported Sept. 16.

AAHomecare appoints new manager of regulatory affairs


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has hired Heather Boyd to be its new manager of regulatory affairs, according to a bulletin from the organization. Boyd has six years of experience with healthcare policy, focusing specifically on Medicare regulations.

ACOs: Familiarize yourself with obstacles

Q. What obstacles to ACO growth have been identified?

A. By January 2013, 250 Accountable Care Organizations were approved by CMS serving an estimated 4 million Medicare beneficiaries. These ACOs are located across the country with approximately 20% serving low-income and rural communities.