Massachusetts selects 18 ACOs to redesign state Medicaid program

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Massachusetts has selected 18 ACOs to initiate the largest redesign of the state Medicaid program in more than 20 years, according to The Boston Globe.

 

The 18 provider organizations will focus on providing value-based care to save costs and improve health outcomes of about 900,000 Medicaid patients. The goal is to switch all providers to accountable care or value-based care models in the future, according to the report.

"We know the current fee-for-service system leads to gaps in care and inefficiencies," MassHealth Director Dan Tsai said in a statement to The Boston Globe. "The ACOs we selected demonstrate a strong commitment to improving care for the members they serve and will be held to high standards for quality and access of care

The state's largest hospital systems will participate along with some community health centers and organizations that already serve large percentages of Medicaid patients.

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