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Pioneer ACOs face July 15 decision deadline
Modern Healthcare

Medicare Pioneer accountable care organizations have until the end of the business day July 15 to inform CMS officials whether they plan to remain in the program for a second year. Also next week, the CMS is supposed to offer results of the program’s first year, details about year two, and the names of those Pioneer participants that won’t continue.

As many as nine of the 32 Pioneers may opt out of the program, as the CMS has indicated that four of those participants want to switch to a different, less demanding Medicare ACO program, the Shared Savings Program, while another five have sent letters of intent for the next year of the Shared Savings Program, allowing them to keep their options open.