As our world grows more interconnected, healthcare follows suit by making it easier for Medicaid organizations to work together on behalf of their beneficiaries and their own organization. Improving Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and helping them work together with greater efficiency has been a common goal for CMS and other organizations. The healthcare environment is promoting coordinated and value-based care with increased vigor. These efforts are providing new tools to help ACOs accomplish these objectives and avoid risks through working together, broadening their reach, and improving their impact.
The idea of ACOs is itself a recent innovation, with the first ACOs forming shortly after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Since their appearance, they have grown more popular as organizations see how they help combat rising medical costs, improve coverage for patients, and expand coverage for population health outcomes. Even national payers like Aetna and Humana have invested significantly to expand the availability of ACOs.