The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, based in Nevada City, Calif., says it has formed five additional ACOs in 2015 for rural providers following in the steps of the first ACO started in 2014.

Consortium executives said the organization's model has enabled 28 rural and critical access hospitals, 42 rural health clinics, 12 federally qualified health centers and nine private physician practices in 30 rural health systems "to afford and qualify" for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Consortium members serve more than 65,000 attributed Medicare beneficiaries in nine states.

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