Examples of Rural ACOs
Examples of rural programs that are implementing ACOs are provided below.
Essentia Health: Headquartered
in Duluth, Minnesota, Essentia Health became an accredited ACO by NCQA in 2013. The ACO is comprised of 15
hospitals, 75 clinics, 7 long-term care facilities, 2 assisted living facilities, 4 independent living
facilities, 5 ambulatory services, and 1 research institute. Essentia Health serves rural patients in
Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho.
North Country ACO: Located in Littleton, New
Hampshire, North Country ACO is comprised of four community health centers serving patients throughout rural
New Hampshire. All of the ACO participants are part of the North Country Health Consortium.
Additional examples of rural ACO programs are available in Module 7: Program Clearinghouse.