The Centrality of Health IT to ACO Success

Achieving the goals of accountable care—better coordination, improved outcomes, lower costs—requires a robust health information technology infrastructure and the ability to analyze large volumes of patient data. Modern Healthcare New York Bureau Chief Melanie Evans moderated a discussion with Jason Dinger, CEO of MissionPoint Health Partners, a Nashville-based subsidiary of Ascension that focuses on accountable care; Kim Kauffman, vice president of value-based care at Summit Medical Group, a 220-physician group based in Knoxville, Tenn.; and Katie White, assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. This is an edited transcript of that discussion.

No One-Size-Fits-All Strategy for Readmission Reduction

Although reducing readmissions has long been a goal for Ascension Health, efforts reached a peak five years ago when the system began a series of pilot programs that focused on readmissions from the patient’s perspective. For Ann Hendrich, R.N., Ph.D., senior vice president of quality and safety and executive director patient safety organization at Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health system in the country and the world’s largest Catholic health system, the biggest challenge is taking some of the more successful pilots and scaling them to fit larger populations. Hendrich points to the multi-disciplinary program launched at one of its sites, MissionPoint Health Partners in Nashville, Tennessee, as an example.

New Affordable Care Act Tools and Payment Models Deliver $372 Million in Savings, Improve Care

Nashville, Tenn.—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the program. In addition to providing more Americans with access to quality, affordable health care, the Affordable Care Act encourages doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work together to better coordinate care and keep people healthy rather than treat them when they are sick, which also helps to reduce health care costs. ACOs are one example of the innovative ways to improve care and reduce costs.  In an ACO, providers who join these groups become eligible to share savings with Medicare… read more

MissionPoint Ranks High on Coordinated Care Quality

MissionPoint Health Partners is the highest-quality Accountable Care Organization in Tennessee, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday. CMS published quality data on 220 ACOs, coordinated teams of health care providers participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The report outlined quality scores on 33 different measures, including patient experience, preventive health and treatment for at-risk populations. The measures range from readmission rates to cancer screenings, and ACOs are required to report them to participate in any Medicare savings generated by better coordinated care.

100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know | 2014

This is the third year Becker’s Hospital Review has published its list of ACOs to know, and each year, the pool of ACOs from which we select for inclusion grows. For our 2014 list, Becker’s Hospital Review is pleased to highlight a variety of Medicare and commercial ACOs, the majority of which are led by hospitals or health systems.

Increased Enrollment in Network E Expends MissionPoint’s Reach

More than half of BlueCross BlueShield’s exchange enrollees selected the “high-value” Network E option, according to information released by the insurer Wednesday. In Nashville, that means lots more members in MissionPoint Health Partners, Saint Thomas Health’s accountable care organization and the sole provider partner on the network in this area