Study: ACOs Cover 10% of Americans

A new study by Oliver Wyman shows that accountable care organizations now cover up to 31 million patients, or about 10 percent of the nation's population.

For a healthcare delivery model that came on the scene only two years ago, ACOs have made great strides in coverage in a short amount of time. While only about five percent of the country's Medicare patients are covered by an ACO, many more non-Medicare patients are served by Medicare and non-Medicare ACOs alike.

Populations receiving care through ACOs

Medicare patients: 2.4 million
Non-Medicare patients in Medicare ACOs: 15 million
Non-Medicare patients in non-Medicare ACOs: 8 to 14 million

The number of patients covered by ACOs is expected to rise in the future, with more organizations joining CMS ACO programs and becoming commercial ACOs.

The term "ACO" in the study covers all providers using population-oriented, value-based care delivery and reimbursement models.

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