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Pioneer ACO Program Saves $384 Million, OK’d for Expansion
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The Pioneer ACO model, a controversial Medicare program geared to incent doctors and hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs and redundant care, in two years saved more than $300 per year for each of the 600,000 beneficiaries enrolled and is ready to be scaled up, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Monday.

“Today, I can proudly say that this ACO model has surpassed this important milestone, based on its positive results,” Patrick Conway, MD, chief medical officer and acting principal deputy administrator for CMS said at a telephone news conference.

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