Medicare ACOs and Primary Care: What ACO Leaders Have Learned

ACO performance in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) improves with experience and physician-led ACOs are more likely to be high performers – these are key findings from the ACO literature discussed during PCC’s May webinar. Join us on June 28th to get behind the numbers and understand directly from ACO leaders the attributes that translate into success. We’ll hear from leaders driving care transformation in rural, urban and underserved communities about primary care’s contributions to successful ACOs.


May 2022 Webinar: Accountable Care Organizations ACOs: What the Research Tells Us

The Medicare Shared Savings Program, launched in 2012 and now covering 11 million beneficiaries, is the most-studied ACO model. What have we learned to date? Do we understand factors that influence ACO performance on quality and cost metrics? What role does primary care play, and what program features might be changed to harness primary care’s power to improve outcomes? A recent NEJM Perspective suggests that CMS/CMMI officials are interested in the community’s input on MSSP.


•David Muhlestein, PhD, JD, chief research officer, Leavitt Partners

PCC webinar: Matching Patients to Primary Care to Drive Better Health

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s landmark report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care, recommends "all individuals should have the opportunity to have a usual source of primary care” and suggests a role for payers in making this a reality. When patients are matched to a primary care practice or individual, preventive and pro-active care, care coordination, and trusted relationships are possible.

Webinar: Successful ACOs - A Strong Foundation of Primary Care?

This webinar brings together thought leaders to examine how and when Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) with a strong foundation of primary care spend less and achieve better results for patients. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about recent complementary research from Harvard Medical School and the Primary Care Collaborative/Graham Center that leverages data from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Aledade will provide an industry perspective on these findings, sharing their experience leveraging primary care tools in ACOs.  

Recording of Event: Advanced Primary Care’s Role in Accountable Care Organization Performance

Two panels of thought leaders convened to discuss the clinical and policy implications of the relationship between advanced primary care and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The research in the 2018 Evidence Report shows the six characteristics of successful ACOs align closely with the Shared Principles of Primary Care.

Presenters and Speakers Include:
  • Ann Greiner, President & Chief Executive Officer—The Primary Care Collaborative

Evidence Report Briefing on Capitol Hill

At the briefing on Capitol Hill, hosted by the Congressional Primary Care Caucus, the Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) unveiled its latest report highlighting new evidence that links the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other forms of advanced primary care with improved outcomes, but not in every study examined.

Do Medical Homes Work?

On Feb. 2, 2016, the PCPCC released its new medical home evidence report, "The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality: Annual Review of Evidence 2014-2015." The report summarizes PCMH cost and utilization results from peer-reviewed studies, state government evaluations, and industry reports published within the past year. And new to this edition, the report also includes early federal program evaluations published between October 2014 and November 2015. 

Primary Care, ACOs, and Payment Reform: A Conversation with Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution


Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution joined a PCPCC webinar to discuss the important role primary care leadership plays in health care transformation, including physician-led ACOs and other payment reform initiatives. 

He highlighted major themes and recommendations from a recently released ACO Learning Network toolkit, Adopting Accountable Care: An Implementation Guide for Physician Practices. The four major themes include: 

Advancing Primary Care through Health Information Technology

The PCPCC is delighted to bring together a distinguished panel of speakers from CMS, ONC and NCQA to discuss various aspects of health information technology and the patient-centered medical home. Please join us for a free and informative webinar from 2:00-3:30pm ET on Tuesday, September 11, entitled "Advancing Primary Care through Health Information Technology".

Incorporation of Medication Management into Coordinated Care

The webinar features Amanda Brummel, PharmD - Director, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Services, Fairview Pharmacy Services and will be moderated by Terry McInnis, MD, MPH - President, Blue Thorn, Inc. and Co-lead of the Medication Management Taskforce and Ed Webb, ACCP Associate Executive Director and Co-lead of the PCPCC Medication Management Taskforce. A 30-minute Question and Answer session will follow the presentations.Fairview Pharmacy Services, LLC, has developed a very successful practice model of pharmaceutical care.


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