Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program will care for more beneficiaries in 2022, making it the largest alternative payment model in Medicare despite lackluster ACO participation numbers this year, according to new program data from CMS.
Over 11 million Medicare beneficiaries will be attributed to a provider practicing as part of a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO in 2022, the data shows. That is up from 10.7 million beneficiaries last year and just 3.2 million beneficiaries in 2012 and 2013, when the Shared Savings Program started.
But the number is not a record high. That goes to the ACO class of 2020, which cared for 11.2 million Medicare beneficiaries. Despite this, the increasing number after last year’s slight dip is encouraging to CMS as overall ACO participation plateaus.