In its first two years, the Next Generation ACO model was not linked with reduced net Medicare spending, and had no effect on use or spending for hospitalizations, according to a new evaluation of the government program.
Five things to know:
1. In its second evaluation report of the Next Generation ACO model, researchers from the University of Chicago focused on the full sample of 46 Next Gen ACOs that participated in the model during its first and second program years, 2016-17. Nearly 2 million beneficiaries were included in the analysis.
2. Not including shared savings payouts, the model resulted in a $123.2 million reduction in gross Medicare spending in the two program years, much of which was recorded in the 2017 program year.