InspiraCare Connect to Improve Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Inspira Health Network’s Care Connect has been selected as one of 89 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that work together to give Medicare beneficiaries in Original Medicare (fee-for-service) high quality, coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow down health care cost growth. Inspira Care Connect is one of 405 ACOs participating in the Shared Savings Program as of January 1st.
“Inspira Care Connect will be joining a program that is one part of this Administration’s vision for improving the coordination and integration of care received by Medicare beneficiaries”, said Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director at the Center for Medicare. “We look forward to continuing this partnership with Inspira Care Connect in increasing value and care coordination across the health system.”
ACOs first began participating in the program in early 2012, thousands of health care providers have signed on to participate in the program, working together to provide better care to Medicare’s seniors and people with disabilities. The 89 new ACOs will bring approximately 23,000 additional physicians and other providers into the ACO program.
This past fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the early findings that ACOs improved on 30 of the 33 quality measures in the first 2 years, including patients’ ratings of clinicians’ communication, beneficiaries’ rating of their doctors, and screening for high blood pressure. ACOs also outperformed group practices reporting quality on 17 out of 22 measures and combined total program savings of $417 million for the Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Model.
More information about the Shared Savings Program is available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/index.html?redirect=/sharedsavingsprogram/
For a list of the 89 new ACOs announced, visit: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/News.html