ACOs Led by Independent Physicians Save Medicare ‘Substantially’ More Money, CBO Says

Accountable care organizations led by independent physicians save Medicare more money than other types of ACOs, according to a new Congressional Budget Office review of existing research. Independent physician-led ACOs have clear financial incentives to reduce hospital care to lower spending, while hospital-led ACOs — which earn more revenue when patients are admitted — do not, the CBO found. Hospitals also have less direct control over what services patients receive. ACOs with a larger proportion of primary care providers also saved Medicare more money, along with ACOs whose initial spending was higher than their peers in the same region, according to the report.

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