More than half of the U.S. population lives in areas served by accountable care organizations, according to Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm.
Currently, 52 percent of U.S. patients live in primary care service areas served by ACOs. In August 2012, just 45 percent of the population lived ACO areas.
“That’s a remarkable development and — for patients, ultimately — a hopeful one,” Niyum Gandhi, an associate partner with Oliver Wyman, said in a news release.
Additionally, almost 30 percent live in areas served by two or more, up from 17 percent in August. ACOs now cover 37 million to 43 million Medicare and non-Medicare patients.