ACO REACH expanding in 2023

Over 700,000 providers and organizations are participating in one of CMS' three accountable-care programs in 2023, the agency said Jan. 17. 

ACO REACH, the agency's newer shared-savings model designed to reach underserved communities, will add 42 new organizations in 2023. A total of 132 organizations will participate in ACO REACH, caring for around 2.1 million Medicare enrollees. A list of all 2023 participants can be viewed here.

CMS said 824 federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, and critical access hospitals will participate in 2023, more than double 2022's numbers. 

Clif Gaus, ScD, CEO of the National Association of ACOs, said 2023 would be a "turning point" for ACOs. 

"The interest in high-risk models like ACO REACH should be a signal that CMS needs to include more high-risk options in the Shared Savings Program with many of the features of REACH," Dr. Gaus said. 

The number of organizations participating in the Shared Savings Program decreased for 2023, the agency said, but it expects this number to rise again in 2024. In 2023, 456 ACOs will serve 10.9 million Medicare beneficiaries. 

CMS has set a goal to have all traditional Medicare beneficiaries in an accountable care relationship by 2030. 

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