Pioneer ACO Deadline Extended

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media , June 10, 2011

The Pioneer ACO was announced last month by the CMS Innovation Center in an effort to overcome the tepid response to the Medicare shared savings ACO model introduced by CMS in April.  

The Pioneer model was developed for organizations that are already experienced in coordinating patient care and managing risk. It was developed after industry leaders such as Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic announced that they would likely sit out the ACO process.

CMS' Griffith declined to disclose whether either the Cleveland Clinic or Mayo Clinic have expressed interest in participating as Pioneer ACOs.

She did say that a CMS conference call on Tuesday to provide more information to interested parties about the Pioneer ACO Model attracted more than 850 participants.

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CMS holds the conference calls, which are called "Open Door" forums, as part of the ACO promotion. The calls, which typically last 30 to 60 minutes, include brief presentations by CMS representatives followed by a question and answer session.

Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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