Accountable care organization (ACO) success was no stranger to physicians at Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care. Now that the two major health systems are combined, the new organization’s three affiliated ACOs are continuing on the path to improved care quality at lower costs.
CMS reported earlier this month that ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program saved $739 million, with nearly all ACOs satisfactorily reporting quality measures and meeting quality performance standards in 2018.
Notably, about two-thirds of the ACOs participating in the program that year reduced their costs compared to a CMS-set spending benchmark. However, only about 37 percent of the ACOs saved enough to share in the savings that year, CMS said.