Leah Binderm, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group writes in her blog that thirty-two health systems in the United States are designated by the federal government as "Pioneer ACOs." Yesterday CMS, the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, announced that several of them are quitting as pioneers. I don't think any of the 32 have yet earned the quintessentially American title of "pioneer" and recommend the administration should only award the pioneer title when these health systems actually accomplish something new — and that hasn't happened yet. Binderm makes the analogy to Laura Ingalls, "If the Ingalls failed to do their jobs, the family faced hardship. But if the pioneering ACOs fail to do their jobs, it's the consumers and taxpayers who face hardship." More here. (Source: Huffington Post, 7/19/13)
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