Will tweaks to ACO pilots yield sought-after savings?
Medicare’s latest trial of accountable care will test whether policy changes can accomplish what a prior tryout of the health-delivery model largely failed to do: Control spending.
The model has gained popularity despite its shaky start with a five-year demonstration by 10 physician groups, many of them prominent. A final analysis of that demonstration, which ended in 2010, is not yet public. But half or more of the physician groups failed to win financial bonuses tied to spending control each year. The Congressional Budget Office said in January that the program failed to curb Medicare spending.
Since January, Medicare has launched two