February 15, 2017
This new study, from the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine journal, explores how expenditures, utilization, and quality differed between Oregon’s Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model and Colorado’s Medicaid ACO model. It found decreased expenditures for selected services in both states between 2010 and 2014, with no significant difference between the states — although Oregon’s model did improve on measures of access and quality compared to Colorado.
The study’s results suggest that, although Oregon’s ACO model was launched with significant federal investment and movement to global budgets, states with more modest investment in delivery system transformation may still be able to realized meaningful quality improvement and savings.
ACO News is a feature of the Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Resource Center, an online collection of tools designed to help Medicaid agencies develop and launch accountable care organizations.