Atrius Health - CMS Pioneer ACO

Program Location: 
Boston, MA
Payer Type: 
Medicare
Partner Organizations: 
Dedham Medical Associates
Granite Medical Group
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
South Shore Medical Center
and Southboro Medical Group.
Parent Program: 
Payers: 
Medicare
Description: 

Through the Pioneer ACO Model, Atrius Health will work with CMS to provide Medicare beneficiaries with higher quality care, while reducing growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination. The Pioneer ACO Model is designed to encourage the development of ACOs, which are groups of doctors and other healthcare providers who work together to provide high quality care for their patients. Atrius Health was chosen specifically by the Innovation Center to test the effectiveness of several models of payment in helping organizations make a rapid transition to higher quality care at a lower cost to Medicare.  

Payment Model: 

The payment models being tested in the first two years of the Pioneer ACO Model are a shared savings payment policy with generally higher levels of shared savings and risk for Pioneer ACOs than levels currently proposed in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. In year three of the program, participating ACOs that have shown a specified level of savings over the first two years will be eligible to move a substantial portion of their payments to a population-based model. These models of payments will also be flexible to accommodate the specific organizational and market conditions in which Pioneer ACOs work.

Last updated September 2018
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