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Plus ACO Could Remain a Pioneer ACO

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 17, 2013

Plus ACO, a partnership between Texas Health Resources and North Texas Specialty Physicians, has plans to leave the Pioneer ACO program by mid-August, but the two organizations say they are open to "remaining in the [Pioneer] ACO program if we can find an economically viable way to do so."

Confirmation that some Pioneer ACOs will leave the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' pilot program for accountable care organizations came Tuesday morning, ending weeks of speculation.

CMS revealed that seven of the nine participants will attempt to transition to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, while two are exiting the program entirely. It named all nine, but did distinguish between the ones that intend to transition to MSSP and the two that will drop out completely.


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HealthLeaders Media has learned that while Plus ACO, a partnership between Texas Health Resources and North Texas Specialty Physicians, plans to leave the Pioneer ACO program by mid-August, the two organizations say they are open to "remaining in the [Pioneer] ACO program if we can find an economically viable way to do so," Wendell Watson, the THR director of public relations said in an e-mail exchange.

The health system and the IPA have requested a meeting with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to discuss options.

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