Becker's Healthcare September 15, 2020
Morgan Haefner

Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs generated a record $1.2 billion in net savings for the Medicare program across 541 ACOs in 2019, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced Sept. 14 in Health Affairs.

The 2019 data includes the first six months of performance for ACOs that participated in the agency’s new Pathways to Success program, an MSSP overhaul that began in July 2019. ACOs in the Pathways to Success program performed better than legacy ACOs, seeing net per-beneficiary savings of $169 compared to $106 for legacy ACOs, according to Ms. Verma.

Currently, more than 11.2 million fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries are served by providers in ACOs, and see lower post-acute spending, hospitalizations and emergency department visits.

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