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Medicare ACOs lost $41 million to poor quality performance
Modern Healthcare

Keeping people out of the hospital is a primary goal of Medicare accountable care. For the most financially successful ACOs, however, that proved difficult last year, even with money on the line.That weak performance, policy experts say, raises questions about the accuracy of quality measures in the rapidly expanding program.

Keeping people out of the hospital is a primary goal of Medicare accountable care. For the most financially successful ACOs, however, that proved difficult last year, even with money on the line.That weak performance, policy experts say, raises questions about the accuracy of quality measures in the rapidly expanding program. Proponents of ACOs tout the measures as safeguards for patients from providers who may withhold necessary care to curb spending.In August, Medicare announced awards for ACOs, including $273 million for 65 Medicare accountable care organizations in their second year under the Affordable Care Act program.

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