As reported by CMS in July, the Bellin ThedaCare Pioneer ACO achieved a 4.6% reduction in the total cost of care for 20,000 Medicare beneficiaries from 2011-2012. What the report didn't cover was the fact that total revenue actually went down as care was delivered more efficiently. This is a fundamental flaw of the existing pioneer program which can be fixed; but it will take significant leadership from multiple stakeholders. The article describes what must change.
To read the article, click here - Pioneer ACO Model Needs to Change.JAMA.10.2.13