Jul 23, 2018
States are implementing accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve health care quality and better manage costs for Medicaid populations. Core components that define Medicaid ACOs are: the payment model; quality measurement approach; and the data strategy. This brief provides an overview of these core ACO elements and profiles how nine states -Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont -have structured their Medicaid ACOs. For each state, it outlines key ACO characteristics; details unique payment, quality, and data approaches; and spotlights one of the state’s Medicaid ACOs. This set of profiles can help inform Medicaid ACO development in other states.