Colorado was one of the first states to launch an accountable care-like model in 2011 to rein in Medicaid costs while improving quality of care. But other states are now following the Centennial State's lead. States across the country are either joining Medicaid ACO demonstration projects, in the middle of a pilot program or looking to start one, MedPage Today reported.
With care coordination and payment experimentation on the mind, states are moving forward with Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACO).
Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Vermont on Thursday announced their participation in a Medicaid ACO collaborative that spans the seven states.
The Medicaid population is an unpredictable testing ground for accountable care organizations (ACO), despite Medicaid ACO pilots taking hold in some states, including New Jersey, Oklahoma and Utah, American Medical News reported.