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Distribution of Medicare ACOs varies widely

from MedPage Today

More than 40 percent of accountable care organizations formed under Medicare exist in only five states, leaving many states with one or none, according to an analysis by industry experts. Medicare ACOs are concentrated in states like Florida (32), California (22), and Massachusetts (18) but rural states — like North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Kansas — are devoid of them, according to the analysis by consulting firm MedeAnalytics in Emeryville, Calif. Others like Montana, Idaho, and Mississippi each only have one Medicare ACO. This maldistribution problem needs to be addressed to ensure Medicare is treating the country's sickest patients in a better, more coordinated fashion, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said at the Fourth National ACO Summit. more

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