“Many of these ACOs are demonstrating that they can deliver a higher level of coordinated care that leads to healthier people and smarter spending,” said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in a press release that accompanied the detailed report on ACO performance in 2014.
Among the Pioneer ACOs, the report found “strong improvement” on three significant measures from 2013 to 2014:
- “Medication reconciliation” grew to 84 percent from 70 percent.
- “Screening for clinical depression and follow-up plan” jumped to 60 percent from 50 percent.
- “Qualification for an electronic health record incentive payment” rose to 86 from 77 percent