Rural Health Resources by Topic: Accountable Care Organizations
A Rural Accountable Care Organization's Journey
Profiles South East Rural Physicians Alliance Accountable Care Organization (SERPA‐ACO), a physician‐led ACO consisting of 16 Nebraska clinics - 13 of which are rural. Describes various value-based payment models SERPA-ACO clinics participated in and activities the clinics use to succeed in these models. Includes recommendations for primary care clinics considering joining an ACO.
Date: 06/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value view details
A Path Forward: The Rural Healthcare System of the Future
Presentation slides that discuss federal and state healthcare policies, implementation of new models of care, and plans to transform patient modalities of care. Includes U.S. county-level map on the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) assigned beneficiary population as well as county-level data on ACO attributed lives in Illinois and residents enrolled in Medicare advantage.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller Date: 06/2023 Type: Presentation Slides Sponsoring organizations: Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy, Rural Policy Research Institute view details
Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: Presence in Rural America
Presentation slides from a June 6, 2023, webinar for the Rural Northern Border Healthcare Support Technical Assistance Center. Provides an overview of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, including the composition of program participants in 2023, the spread of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in rural counties, and the federal and state policy landscape. Details changes to the Shared Savings Program for 2024.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller Date: 06/2023 Type: Presentation Slides Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute view details
Evaluation of the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model: Second Evaluation Report
Evaluates the first three performance years of the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model (VTAPM), which aims to assess whether scaling an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) across all payers in the state can reduce program expenditures while preserving or improving care quality. Discusses the implementation of the model, provider engagement, efforts to address population health goals; characteristics of participating hospitals, practitioners, and beneficiaries; and the model's impacts on Medicare spending, utilization, and quality of care. Describes changes to the model's design in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and how COVID-19 and a cyberattack impacted healthcare utilization. Includes information on hospital and provider participation in rural areas and limited participation by Critical Access Hospitals.
Findings at a Glance, Technical Appendices
Date: 12/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, NORC at the University of Chicago view details
Fifth Evaluation Report: Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model Evaluation
Reports on changes to the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (NGACO) Model in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Presents information on cumulative model-wide impacts on Medicare spending, utilization, and quality of care, as well as impacts observed in 2020, the model's fifth performance year. The appendices include data on community characteristics, including rurality.
Date: 11/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, NORC at the University of Chicago view details
A Global Equity Model (GEM) for the Advancement of Community Health and Health Equity
Provides an overview of existing and emerging payment systems and their roles in promoting community health and health equity. Proposes a global payment model for health systems' inpatient, emergency department (ED), and outpatient sites of care with community health and health equity as its organizing features. Includes information on the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, the ACO REACH model, and other rural-relevant payment models.
Author(s): Anaeze C. Offodile II, Jason B. Gibbons, Samantha Murrell, Donna Kinzer, Joshua M. Sharfstein Date: 11/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine view details
Person-Centered Innovation – An Update on the Implementation of the CMS Innovation Center's Strategy
Provides an update on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Center's progress in the implementation of the strategy refresh announced in 2021. Describes accomplishments from the first year of implementing the strategy refresh and outlines areas of focus for the upcoming year across the five strategic objectives: driving accountable care, advancing health equity, supporting innovation, addressing affordability, and partnering to achieve healthcare system transformation. Includes information on the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model and the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model.
Date: 11/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services view details