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ACOs Show Uneven Progress
Health Leaders Media

The first numbers for Medicare’s biggest accountable care experiment under the Affordable Care Act show mixed results for improving quality and reducing costs.

Just over half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) efforts in 2012 report no decrease in health spending below targets during their first 12 months trying to do so, according to newly released CMS data. Another 29 reduced spending enough during the first 12 months to keep some of the savings.

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