Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Pilot
Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is among 32 physician-groups selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.
The three year program, which began January 1, 2012, will identify whether improving care in a proactive and coordinated manner also reduces costs.
Previously, Medicare reimbursed physicians based on the number and complexity of the services provided to patients. There is good evidence that by anticipating patient needs, especially in those patients with chronic diseases, health care teams that partner with patients can intervene before expensive procedures and hospitalizations are required.