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CMS announces 'Next Generation' accountable care organization model

Mar 12, 2015

Providers that take on more risk could reap greater financial rewards

In a new ACO model that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid launched Tuesday, providers could take on more financial risk--and reap greater financial rewards.

The "Next Generation Accountable Care Organization" model will give participants more predictable financial targets and greater opportunities to coordinate care and engage beneficiaries, Patrick Conway, M.D., chief medical officer and deputy administrator for innovation and quality at CMS, said during a press call Tuesday afternoon.

The goal is to determine whether stronger financial incentives for ACOs can improve health outcomes and reduce expenses of Medicare patients, he said.