Medicare ACOs Continue To Improve Quality Of Care, Generate Shared Savings

“We appreciate the efforts of all the physicians and team members who have joined us on this journey that’s so vital to our Central Florida community,” said Cynthia Powell, MD, president of the Orlando Health Physicians.

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Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2015) — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week issued 2014 quality and financial performance results showing that more Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to generate financial savings while improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries by fostering greater collaboration between doctors, hospitals, and health care providers.

When an ACO demonstrates that it has achieved high-quality care and effectively reducing spending of health care dollars above certain thresholds, it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare. In 2014, 20 Pioneer and 333 Shared Savings Program ACOs generated more than $411 million in savings, which includes all ACOs savings and losses. The results also show that ACOs with more experience in the program tend to perform better over time.

Medicare ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO exceeds quality and financial thresholds — demonstrating achievement of high-quality care and wiser spending of health care dollars — it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare.

Collaborative Care of Florida, LLC — Orlando Health’s ACO and the first hospital-based ACO in Florida — is one of the organizations that generated shared savings.

“For the second year in a row, Collaborative Care of Florida, LLC, is among the top-performing Medicare ACOs that delivered both healthcare savings and exceptional quality to consumers,” says Cynthia Powell, MD, President, Orlando Health Physicians. “Our focus on evidence-based medicine that is coordinated across the continuum of care helped us earn a quality score of 93 percent while saving $5.3 million in healthcare costs. We appreciate the efforts of all the physicians and team members who have joined us on this journey that’s so vital to our Central Florida community.”

For more detailed quality and financial results, click here.

Additional Resources
Visit the Medicare Shared Savings Program News and Updates webpage to access the HHS press release and fact sheet, the link to the Performance Year 2014 results file, and to learn more about the program.

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August 28, 2015, in Corporate News