More Medicare beneficiaries will receive care from providers in Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations this year, but the number is still lower than it was in 2020, new data show.
Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare enrollees will be treated by Shared Savings Program ACO providers this year, a slight increase from 2021 but lower than during 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disclosed in projections published Jan. 26. In 2022, these ACOs will cover 11 million people compared with 10.7 million in 2021 and 11.2 million in 2020, according to CMS data.
CMS also announced that 66 new ACOs joined the program as of Jan. 1, although this includes 20 in their second or third agreement periods. According to the National Association of ACOs, another 40 of those listed as new have been in ACOs previously or are part of existing multi-ACOs.