The American Medical Association applauded physicians' leading role in many of the 27 healthcare organizations (PDF) designated as the first Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations, while the American Hospital Association expressed support for accountable care's expansion.
The AMA, in a news release, praised the fact that more than half of the first Medicare Shared Savings ACOs are being led by physicians and said that this bodes well for long-term physician interest and participation in the program.
The AMA noted that it advocated for the advance-payment ACO model and that it was pleased to see that five of the groups participating in the program will follow that format.
The CMS announcement "shows that allowing all interested physicians to lead and participate in this new model increases the number of groups forming Medicare ACOs," AMA President Dr. Peter Carmel said in the release. "Physician practices are benefiting from the financial assistance offered by the advanced payment initiative, which was created as a direct result of the AMA's recommendation to CMS. The upfront payments offered through this program help with the cost of starting an ACO, which is especially beneficial for small physician practices."