"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

89 New Accountable Care Organizations

I was reading Sean Cavanaugh's blog the other day.  Sean was formerly with Maryland's Health Services Cost Review Commission and now is the Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicare.  His blog was announcing the 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  The new ACOs in the CMS program now bring the total to 405, serving close to 8 million Medicare beneficiaries.  

We are one of the new ACOs, the Western Maryland Physician Network LLC.  Together with physicians and other providers, we are focusing on providing higher quality, coordinated care for patients in the Medicare program.  We have almost 6000 Medicare beneficiaries that our ACO is serving and we hope to deliver better care consistent with our new care delivery model that is based on providing value, reducing the cost of care and ensuring that our community is healthier as a result.  All of which are consistent with the Triple Aim of Healthcare Reform.  

This partnership with our physicians and advanced practice professionals is great progress as we are continually exploring new and better ways to deliver care to our community.

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