7 States Establishing Medicaid ACOs

Medicare accountable care organizations are receiving a lot of publicity, but Medicaid ACOs are beginning to take form as well, as seven states are working to develop and launch their own Medicaid ACOs, according to a Commonwealth Fund blog post.

The Center for Health Care Strategies, with support from The Commonwealth Fund and the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, will work with Medicaid agencies in Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Vermont on four main areas of Medicaid ACOs. They include:

•    Designing the essential building blocks for an ACO program.
•    Building robust financing, data-sharing and measurement approaches.
•    Obtaining federal approval.
•    Implementing the ACO program.

Oregon is one of the most commonly cited examples of what a Medicaid ACO will look like. The state recently received approval from CMS to form coordinated care organizations, which will focus on the integration of health services, reduction of administrative overhead and improvement of patient-centered care for Medicaid beneficiaries.

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