Almost 3,000 Michigan doctors have joined the Physician Organization of Michigan (POM) ACO, LLC.

In a statement announcing the increase in providers, the University of Michigan Health System said the move more than doubles the size of POM ACO, which was launched in January 2013 as a joint venture of the U-M Health System and eight other physician groups. The new members include physicians from groups that had not previously taken part in an ACO – including MidMichigan Health, which is affiliated with UMHS.

Those joining the initiative include the 1,700 physicians of the University of Michigan Medical School's Faculty Group Practice and nearly 900 other U-M Health System healthcare providers.

Now, they and others have joined up with the 1,900 previously existing members. The ACO now includes 5,700 providers from 12 physician groups based in 22 counties. Together, they will be responsible for more than 120,000 Michigan residents covered by Medicare.

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