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Numerous Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) have achieved shared savings since 2012 by using various strategies to improve population health and quality while reducing costs. Recognizing that each ACO has a different approach to successfully providing value-based care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing a series of toolkits that explore different aspects of ACO operations. Through these toolkits, CMS aims to educate the general public about strategies used by ACOs to provide value-based care while also providing actionable ideas to current and prospective ACOs to help them improve or begin operations, particularly as they consider a shift to a two-sided risk model.


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