SILVER SPRING, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model that show physicians, hospitals and health care providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations continue to make significant improvements in the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while achieving cost savings.
In 2015, Medicare Accountable Care Organizations had combined total program savings of $466 million, which includes all Accountable Care Organizations’ experiences, for 392 Medicare Shared Savings Program participants and 12 Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model participants. The results show that more Accountable Care Organizations shared savings in 2015 compared to 2014, and those with more experience 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.
Maryland Collaborative Care (MCC) is one of the ACOs that shared savings.
Dr. Rosie Singh, MCC Medical Director, said: “Our providers have worked hard to provide better quality of care and generate over $8.6 million in savings for the Medicare program in 2015. Just as importantly, our providers are proud to have made a positive impact on their patients in the Montgomery and Frederick area community. Since the launch of our ACO, inpatient hospitals stays have decreased by 23% and emergency room usage is down by 13%. These improved outcomes are due in part to an increase in preventive and wellness care, reflected in a 17% in increase in Annual Wellness Visits in 2015. Clearly, preventive care is the future and we are grateful to be part of this sea change in American healthcare delivery."
Visit the Medicare Shared Savings Program News and Updates webpage to access the CMS press release and fact sheet, the link to the Performance Year 2015 results file, and to learn more about the program.