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Pioneer ACOs can recruit seniors under new CMS test
Modern Healthcare

Since it began three years ago, Medicare’s test of accountable care hasn’t asked beneficiaries who are not assigned to an accountable care organization whether they want to voluntarily enroll. That will change next year when some Pioneer ACOs will give beneficiaries that option.

The CMS Innovation Center is testing whether seniors will elect to enroll in an ACO, a term that means little or nothing to many patients despite an aggressive push to promote accountable care among hospitals and doctors. The Pioneer ACO demonstration also will evaluate whether patients who agree to enroll are more likely to stay within the ACO’s provider network and seek care from ACOs’ hospitals and doctors.