New results show Innovation Center ACO performance is bending the Medicare cost curve 

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2017 

On Friday, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) released the Performance Year (PY) 2016 results for the first year of the Next Generation ACO Model and the Comprehensive ESRD Care Model and for the final year of the Pioneer ACO Model.

  • The Innovation Center shares details on performance under the Next Generation Model on their main program webpage.
  • Comprehensive ESRD Care Model details are provided on this Innovation Center webpage.
  • The Innovation Center shares Pioneer ACO result information on this webpage

These new results demonstrate the significant value of accountable care models, and across this relatively small group of program participants, they saved almost $200 million for Medicare. Collectively, over 75 percent of these organizations performed well enough to share savings with Medicare. The overall amount of savings and the proportion of those qualifying for earned shared savings reflects the deep commitment these organizations have to changing how care is delivered and demonstrates very positive results for beneficiaries and for Medicare. This sends a strong message about the role of accountable care models and their significant contributions to Medicare. The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) is pleased to see that the hard work of the ACOs continues to reduce spending while improving quality of care for millions of Medicare beneficiaries across the country. 

While the results of the Innovation Center accountable care models are currently available, we are awaiting the public release of the PY 2016 results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Once available, NAACOS will analyze that performance and provide feedback.  

About NAACOS. NAACOS is the largest association of ACOs, representing over 3.72 million beneficiary lives through 260 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs, Next Generation, and commercial ACOs. NAACOS is an ACO member-led and member-owned non-profit organization that works on behalf of ACOs across the nation to improve the quality of Medicare delivery, population health and outcomes, and health care cost efficiency. Our members, more than many other healthcare organizations, want to see an effective, coordinated patient-centric care process.