The federal government announced the creation of 106 new accountable care organziations, including five in Maryland, that will provide coordinated care to Medicare patients.

Accountable Care Organizations are groups of doctors, hospitals, clinics and other health care providers created under health reform that work together to care for patients.

The hope is that the coordinated care will help reduce medical errors and result in cost savings by  keeping people healthier.

More than 250 accountable care organizations have been created around the country since passage of health reform.

The new groups created in Maryland are  the AAMC Collaborative Care Network; Lower Shore ACO, LLC;  Maryland Collaborative Care, LLC; Northern Maryland Collaborative Care, LLCS; and the Southern Maryland Collaborative Care, LLC