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September 6, 2018

ACO roundup: AIM ACOs save Medicare $82M

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    • AIM ACOs save Medicare $82M. Accountable care organizations (ACO) established in part via federal loans provided through the ACO Investment Model (AIM) garnered $82 million in net savings for Medicare in 2016, according to a new federal report. Overall, 47 ACOs participated in AIM—which was established to help rural health care providers who participated in the Medicare Shared Savings Program—for the program's first performance year, generating $22.6 million in earned shared savings. The AIM ACOs are slated to repay the federal loans using the cash they received from earned shared savings at the end of their second three-year contract period, Modern Healthcare reports.
    • Study: With incentives, NPs could ease PCP shortage. NPs could fill care gaps resulting from a burgeoning scarcity of primary care physicians (PCPs), according to a new study in Health Affairs. However, the study, which focused on the growing PCP shortage in California, found that NPs tend to live in counties where there are a sufficient number of doctors—meaning that NPs will be unlikely to be able to help address unmet need for primary care services unless they are incentivized to live in underserved areas and laws in some states, including California, governing NPs' scope of practice are eased.  
    • MSSP ACOs saved Medicare $313.7M last year, CMS data show. New CMS data show 60% of the ACOs that participated in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for the 2017 performance year generated a total of about $1.1 billion in savings, while CMS paid about $780 million to ACOs in bonuses under the program for that year.

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