ACO REACH Evaluation

NORC is evaluating the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity and Community Health Model (ACO REACH), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center’s next step in moving the Medicare fee-for-service system toward higher-value health care for its beneficiaries.

The importance of value-based care
CMS is committed to giving Medicare beneficiaries access to health care centered on their needs, with a focus on ensuring health equity. To be most effective, care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries must represent high value, so that using health care leads to better health outcomes.

ACO REACH builds on lessons learned from accountable care organizations (ACOs), including the Next Generation ACO Model.
To test ACO REACH for Medicare policy, CMS decision-makers require a robust analysis of the impact of the Model on the quality and cost of health care. NORC’s mixed-methods evaluation of GPDC provides CMS with rigorously derived estimates of the Model’s impact on utilization, cost; describes and explains nuanced variation in outcomes; and provides a clear understanding of beneficiaries and providers' experiences and ACOs in the Model.

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