A core desire to create a single population-focused model of care for all Medicare beneficiaries, rather than multiple payor-driven approaches, drives Atrius Health’s participation in the CMS Pioneer ACO program, explains Emily Brower, executive director of accountable care programs at Atrius Health. The success of the Atrius ACO hinges on several preferred partnerships it has cultivated, including a collaboration with skilled nursing facilities, as well as outreach by population health managers, who guide patients in the management of chronic illness and prevention. Ms. Brower shared the first year lessons from its experience as a Medicare Pioneer ACO and how the program is evolving in year two during a May 9, 2013 webinar, “Medicare Pioneer ACO: Case Study on Atrius Health’s Focus on the Triple Aim,” now available for replay. …read more
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