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What Are the Benefits of Accountable Care Organizations?
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are provider and payer arrangements established to improve care coordination between primary care physicians, hospitals, specialists, and public or private health payers.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for instance, has created the Medicare Shared Savings Program in which accountable care organizations must meet quality performance benchmarks and reduce Medicare spending by a certain percentage point in order to qualify for sharing in these cost savings.

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