Eight Michigan physician groups have partnered with the University of Michigan Health System to form an accountable care organization. The ACO, known as Physician Organization of Michigan ACO, or POM ACO, was one of 106 new ACO contracts announced by the CMS on Jan. 10, as part of the agency's Medicare Shared Savings Program.
According to officials leading POM ACO, the initiative will build on the University of Michigan Health System's experience with ACOs. UMHS took part in a CMS demonstration project that launched in 2005 and served as a model for its ACO program. UMHS is also in its second year of participation in the CMS' Pioneer ACO Model program.