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FEATURING DR. ANA MALINOW - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this year rebranded an aspect of the Medicare program that used to be called Direct Contracting. The newly named ACO REACH stands for “Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health.” According to CMS its purpose is to, encourage health care providers to coordinate care to improve the care offered to people with Medicare – especially those from underserved communities, a priority of the Biden-Harris Administration.

But, advocates of protecting publicly funded healthcare for seniors and who want to see Medicare be expanded to all, warn that this new model of payment is a backdoor to privatization and have launched a campaign to overturn it.

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