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Coordinated Care Groups Saved Medicare $1.2 Billion in 2019

Sept. 14, 2020, 9:04 PM

Groups of doctors and hospitals that provide coordinated care through traditional Medicare saved the federal health program nearly $1.2 billion in 2019, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

That’s the largest annual savings ever generated by accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ leading value-based payment initiative. It’s also the third straight year the savings program cut Medicare spending for hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and care after hospital discharge, Verma wrote Monday in a blog post in Health Affairs magazine.

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