This article is a candidate for misleading headline of the year. The headline is about a megainsurer's intentto expand its ACO, but the real story is buried:
The foundation of the federal Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), will miss its cost-saving is cost savings target by $2 Billion.
And health systems that participate in ACOs are leaving in droves.
The ACO Catch 22:
Providers don't want to accept risk aka BE ACCOUNTABLE
So the Federal ACO program didn't require providers to accept risk aka BE ACCOUNTABLE
If Providers don't accept risk aka BE ACCOUNTABLE, there's no incentive to change what they do to deliver more value.
And therefore, cost savings targets missed by $2B.