Mo. health systems part of ACO testing programs

01/14/2013 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri health systems are participating in accountable care organization projects to test the new care coordination and provider payment system. Mercy Health began participating in a CMS pilot in 2005. An official with the system said higher quality of care meant higher costs, at least in the short term. Mercy has been named among more than 100 participants in the next ACO initiative, which will emphasize preventive care and early intervention.

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