The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced 121
new participants – representing 49 states and the District of Columbia
– in an innovative initiative – Medicare Accountable Care
Organizations (ACOs) – designed to improve the care patients receive
in the health care system and lowers costs.
Delaware Care Collaboration was selected as one of 100 new Medicare Shared
Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), providing Medicare
beneficiaries with access to high-quality, coordinated care across the
United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
announced today. That brings the total to 434 Shared Savings Program ACOs
serving over 7.7 million beneficiaries.
Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs in order to
work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients,
while helping to slow health care cost growth. Delaware Care Collaboration
will be one of 434 ACOs participating in the Shared Savings Program as
of January 1, 2016. Beneficiaries seeing health care providers in ACOs
always have the freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO.
ACOs receive a portion of the Medicare savings generated from lowering
the growth in health care costs as long as they also meet standards for
high quality care.
“People across America are going to be better cared for when they
go to their health care providers, because these hospitals and providers
have made a commitment to innovation, a commitment to change how they
do business and care for patients,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews
Burwell said. “Medicare, and the health care system as a whole,
is moving toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than just
the quantity of care they give patients. The three new ACO initiatives
that are being launched today mark an important step forward in this effort.”
Since ACOs first began participating in the program in early 2012, thousands
of health care providers have signed on to participate in the program,
working together to provide better care to Medicare’s seniors and
people with disabilities. The new and renewing ACOs will bring approximately
15,000 additional physicians into the ACO program starting January 1, 2016.
ACOs are delivering better care, and they continue to show promising results
on cost savings. In 2014, they had a combined total net program savings
of $411 million for 333 Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings
Program) ACOs and 20 Pioneer ACOs. Based on 2014 quality and financial
performance results for Shared Savings Program ACOs who started the program
in 2012, 2013, and 2014, ACOs that reported in both 2013 and 2014 improved
on 27 of the 33 quality measures, including patients’ ratings of
clinicians’ communication, beneficiaries’ rating of their
doctors, screening for tobacco use and cessation, screening for high blood
pressure, and Electronic Health Record use. Shared Savings Program ACOs
also outperformed group practices reporting quality on 18 out of 22 measures.
Ultimately, today’s announcement is about delivering better care,
spending dollars more wisely, and having healthier people and communities.
ACOs drive progress in the way care is provided by improving the coordination
and integration of health care, and improving the health of patients with
a priority placed on prevention and wellness. More information about the
Shared Savings Program is available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/index.html?redirect=/sharedsavingsprogram/.
For a list of the new and renewing ACOs announced today, visit the Shared
Savings Program News and Updates webpage: