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CMS Announces 27 ACOs in Shared Savings Program; Five Located in New York State

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 27 accountable care organizations (ACOs) that will participate in the Shared Savings Program.

The Shared Savings Program was created by the Affordable Care Act to advance coordination among providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.  The 27 ACOs have entered into agreements with CMS and will take responsibility for the quality and cost of care furnished for Medicare beneficiaries in return for the opportunity to share in cost savings.  Five of the 27 ACOs selected by CMS are located in New York State:

  • Accountable Care Coalition of Mount Kisco, LLC: This ACO was formed in partnership between Mount Kisco Medical Group, PC, and collaborative health systems—which will provide a range of care coordination, analytics and reporting, technology and other administrative services to enable physicians and other health care professionals to deliver quality health care efficiently.  Mount Kisco Medical Group is a multi-specialty medical provider that offers medical care to patients at 25 locations.   It is comprised of more than 270 physicians representing 40 different medical specialties throughout the Mount Kisco area.
  • Accountable Care Coalition of the North Country, LLC:  This is an ACO formed in partnership between North Country Physicians Organization, PLLC (NCPO) and collaborative health systems.  NCPO is a multi-specialty medical provider that offers the medical care to patients at various locations in New York, including Potsdam, Canton, Massena, Ogdensburg, Gouverneur, and Malone.  It is comprised of more than 170 physicians representing 30 different medical specialties.  It is expected to serve about 5,300 beneficiaries.
  • Chinese Community Accountable Care Organization:  This ACO will operate in New York City’s Chinese community and will focus its efforts on providing culturally competent care to its patients while improving their health care and reducing costs.  This collaboration of physicians with expertise in caring for this under-served, minority population with special considerations will work with its community partners, hospitals (e.g., Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Hospital Queens, Lutheran Medical Center, and Flushing Hospital), visiting nurse service agencies, home care service agencies, churches, senior centers, and senior social day care centers, etc.  It will engage patients and their families to participate in their care plans and disease management.  The ACO is expected to serve nearly 12,000 beneficiaries.
  • CIPA Western New York IPA, Doing Business as Catholic Medical Partners:  Located in Buffalo, Catholic Medical Partners is a network of more than 900 independent practicing physicians, Catholic Health, and Mount St. Mary Hospital dedicated to serving the people of Erie and Niagara counties. Through the development and implementation of clinical integration programs, Catholic Medical Partners and its providers are focused on improving the efficiency, safety, and quality in delivering medical care based on coordination, an educated and involved patient population, and the sharing of information and resources that will make a difference in patients’ lives.  The ACO is expected to serve more than 31,000 beneficiaries.
  • Crystal Run Healthcare ACO, LLC:  Crystal Run Healthcare is a multi-specialty group with more than 200 providers in more than 40 medical specialties, with 15 practice locations.  Its treatment decisions are based on nationally accepted, evidenced-based guidelines.  It is expected to serve nearly 10,000 beneficiaries in New York and Pennsylvania.

Contact: Cara Henley

Published April 16, 2012