(CNSNews.com) – The new year will bring a new phase of Obamacare to an estimated 860,000 Medicare patients.

Under the new system, individual medical claims filed with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be shared with doctors and hospitals unless Medicare patients opt out of the data-sharing.

Starting on Jan. 1, 32 health care organizations from across the country will take part in a “Pioneer Accountable Care” initiative, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on Monday.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) — made possible under the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act — are supposed to provide “coordinated care” by having a patient’s multiple doctors communicate with one another — and with the hospital — about the best course of treatment.

The goal is to achieve better health care for patients at a lower cost, Sebelius said.

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