These days, there is no hotter concept in the health care world than that of the Accountable Care Organization, a more coordinated approach to health care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently designated five organizations in Massachusetts as Pioneer ACOs.
We are as anxious as anyone to see how these ACOs begin to better coordinate care for their Medicare populations. But the truth is the real pioneers in providing coordinated care and coverage for seniors have been the Senior Care Options and Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which are thriving in Massachusetts. In fact, they are setting the example for the rest of the country.