SOURCE: Aurora Health Care

August 26, 2016 13:45 ET

Aurora Accountable Care Organization: Medicare Shared Savings Program Performance Year 2015 Quality and Financial Results

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - August 26, 2016) - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model that show physicians, hospitals and health care providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations continue to make significant improvements in the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while achieving cost savings.

In 2015, Medicare Accountable Care Organizations had combined total program savings of $466 million, which includes all Accountable Care Organizations' experiences, for 392 Medicare Shared Savings Program participants and 12 Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model participants. The results show that more Accountable Care Organizations shared savings in 2015 compared to 2014, and those with more experience tend to perform better over time.

Medicare ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO exceeds quality and financial thresholds -- demonstrating achievement of high-quality care and wiser spending of health care dollars -- it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare.

The Aurora Accountable Care Organization is one of the ACOs that shared savings. "Aurora is pleased to be receiving recognition for our accountable care organization, which reflects our efforts to provide the best possible care to our patients," said Patrick Falvey, chief transformation officer for Aurora Health Care. "Our success with a select group of Medicare patients was made possible by our caregivers' consistent focus on quality, as well as the full utilization of our integrated delivery system to manage patient care transitions. By working together as a team, our caregivers are able to provide our patients with high quality, efficient care."

Additional Resources
Visit the Medicare Shared Savings Program News and Updates webpage to access the CMS press release and fact sheet, the link to the Performance Year 2015 results file, and to learn more about the program.

About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 32,000 amazing caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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