NCQA Recognizes Kelsey-Seybold Clinic as First Accredited ACO
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is the first in the nation to be recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as an accountable care organization, a designation indicating it’s proven to deliver coordinated, affordable, quality care.
Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold was one of six organizations seeking ACO recognition through the NCQA, which began accepting applications in March this year.
“We are honored to receive the first ACO accreditation,” Dr. Spencer Berthelsen, chairman and managing director of Kelsey-Seybold, said in a release. “It confirms our successful creation of a fully coordinated, accountable model of care at Kelsey-Seybold. We believe the model of care coordination, high quality outcomes and efficiency has always been the future of health care.”
The accreditation status is valid for three years. The NCQA is a voluntary organization that evaluated applicants on a handful of key points including:
- ACO structure and operations
- Access to needed providers
- Patient-centered primary care
- Care management
- Care coordination and transitions
- Patient rights and responsibilities
- Performance reporting and quality improvement
ACO status enables employers to evaluate providers across the spectrum to make decisions about health care based on quality and value, rather than fee-for-service.