The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that 11 million patients with Medicare will be treated by Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in 2022.
According to a news release, the announcement came as part of the agency’s annual summary of the Medicare Shared Saving Program; Medicare’s national ACO program.
“With one in every five health care dollars paid by Medicare, we can strengthen and transform our health care system,” CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure says in the release. “(ACOs) present an invaluable opportunity to move Medicare toward person-centered care.”
The release says 66 new ACOs have joined the program and 140 existing ACOs renewed their participation, bringing the total ACOs in the program to 483 this year. The number of patients with Medicare who receive healthcare from a provider in a Shared Saving Program ACO is up 3 percent, or 324,000, from 2021.