Number of Medicare Pioneer ACOs Drops

December 15, 2014



Several health systems have left the Medicare Pioneer ACO program in recent months, reducing the number that remain in the Pioneer program to 19 of the original 32. 


Pioneer ACOs share in a greater percentage of financial savings, but also share in any financial losses. Many of the providers already have experience in coordinated care and ACO-like arrangements.


News reports indicate that some of those leaving the Pioneer program will transfer to Medicare’s shared-savings ACO program, in which the providers share only in financial savings, not losses.




CMS List of Current Pioneer ACOs