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Analysis of the 106 newly announced Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs | Part 2

Date: 05.15.2013 | Zach Urbina">Zach Urbina

This is the second part of our two-part examination of the different types of new MSSP ACOs approved by CMS.

In part one, we looked at 5 of the new ACOs, from the recently approved list of

The MSSP program now includes 250 Accountable Care Organizations. Of the 106 new ACOs recently announced below are six more, worth a closer look.

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland first opened its doors in 1902. Now recognized as an ACO by the name of AAMC Collaborative Care Network, AAMC has 900 medical staff and recently completed a $400+ million expansion project, in 2011.
  • Walgreens is the first pharmacy chain approved to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. They are partnering with physicians groups in three states to personalize pharmacy care. Their approved ACOs include Advocare Walgreens Well Network in New Jersey, Diagnostic Clinic Walgreens Well Network in Florida and Scott & White Walgreens Well Network in Texas.
  • Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin began in 1916, founded by six physicians. It now comprises a well-integrated health system, with 50 locations in several parts of the state, offering every major medical specialty and sub-specialty.
  • Meridian Accountable Care Organization in New Jersey offers one of the more well-equipped ACOs in the country with a health information exchange (HIE) and has recently made a deal with Practice Fusion to offer their electronic health record (EHR) platform for free to all Meridian affiliated physicians. Meridian is also a leader in clinical integration and offered their physicians to either opt in or out of the ACO agreement, further incentivizing the process by agreeing to accept all down-side risk, on behalf of their physicians, should Medicare costs exceed projections.
  • Wilmington-based Physicians Healthcare Collaborative is the seventh ACO in North Carolina to launch since the beginning of 2012. Their parent company Wilmington Health jumped into the ACO model, teaming up Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
  • Essential Care Partners II, is an ACO composed of 14 federally qualified, safety net health centers across Texas. Collaborative Health Systems, the parent company of Essential Care Partners, added eight ACOs as of the first of this year, bringing its total to 31 nationally, representing 14 percent of the nation’s ACOs.

In case you missed it, we also examined five other of the most recently approved MSSP ACOs in yesterday’s post.

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