Last Tuesday the Obama administration announced that 27 new groups would be forming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). According to the administration, these entities “will be responsible for improving care for nearly 375,000 beneficiaries in eighteen states through better coordination among providers.”
That brings the total of ACO groups announced up to 57, which is pretty good, right? Well, maybe considering all of the bad publicity the administration received from providers about making the initial ACO rules too complicated it is, but the program still has a long way to go. Initial projections by the administration were that 270 organizations would be participating by last October. So, it seems like the provider community isn’t completely sold just yet.