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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Issues Request for Information on ACOs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on the evolution of the agency’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives. Comments are due March 1.

The Affordable Care Act authorized CMS to test innovative models of care delivery and explore new ways of paying for care. In response, the agency’s Innovation Center designed a model of integrated payment and service delivery called the Pioneer ACO Model. Through the RFI, CMS hopes to gather input on how to increase participation in the Pioneer ACO Model and develop new ACO models that encourage greater care integration and financial accountability.

ACOs are designed to reduce costs and promote better health by making a group of providers jointly accountable for their patients’ health across care settings. ACOs encourage care coordination and save money by avoiding redundant tests and procedures.

ACOs could help increase collaboration between oral and general health care providers, but to date, few ACOs include dental care.
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