Advancing Health Policy and Delivering Solutions

By helping community physicians keep abreast of federal policy issues and working with policymakers to help shape future policy, CHS is leading health care transformation in Washington, D.C. and in physician offices across the country.

CHS and Curant Health Co-Launch Pilot Medication Adherence Program | May 2017

The pilot program provides medication management and patient support services to targeted beneficiaries who are assigned to Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) managed by CHS and physician partners. Read the announcement.

CHS and Physician Partners Launch Next Generation ACO Model in Maryland | March 2017

Providers in the Accountable Care Coalition of Chesapeake use a variety of tools to coordinate patient care, supporting the goal of improved healthcare outcomes at lower costs. This Next Generation ACO includes 200 participating providers who serve more than 28,000 Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries. Read the announcement.

Maryland Independent Physicians Association (IPA) Founded to Improve Quality of Patient Care and Reduce Overall Healthcare Costs | March 2017

More than 120 Maryland primary care providers have formally joined Chesapeake IPA to improve patient care, reduce overall healthcare costs, and embrace the changes resulting from healthcare payment reform. Read the announcement.

CHS Physicians Launch Pilot with Community Pharmacists to Improve Health Outcomes | December 2016

Primary Care Physicians in the Accountable Care Coalition of the Tri-Counties will share patient data with community pharmacists to drive better patient health outcomes and improve preventive care. The physicians and pharmacists will engage in frequent communication to offer evaluation of polypharmacy risk and predictive outcomes among beneficiaries in the ACO. Read the announcement.

Universal American ACOs and Fresenius Medical Care Partner to Improve Health of End Stage Renal Disease Patients | November 2016

Collaborative Health Systems (CHS), a Universal American company, and Fresenius Medical Care announced an agreement to provide integrated health care management for patients with renal disease. Fresenius is North America’s largest provider of kidney care services. Read the announcement.

Five partner ACOs selected to "100 ACOs to Know 2016" | September 2016

The ACOs include Accountable Care Coalition of North Texas, Accountable Care Coalition of Southeast Texas, Accountable Care Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin, Maryland Collaborative Care, and Virginia Collaborative Care. ACOs were selected by Becker’s Hospital Review based on excellence in quality, achievements in driving down cost, and ability to grow and take on risk. Read the announcement.

Continued Improvements in Quality and Cost of Healthcare | September 2016

Ten CHS accountable care organizations (ACOs) formed in partnership with primary care physicians earned $40 million in shared savings as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2015. The amount of shared savings represents a 48% increase over last year and reflects a corresponding improvement in quality scores for all of our ACOs with start dates prior to 2015. Read the announcement.

A New Generation of Value Based Care | January 2016

Accountable Care Coalition of Southeast Texas, in partnership with CHS, was chosen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model. The new model encourages providers to assume greater risk and reward in coordinating the healthcare of Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries. Read the announcement.

What’s Next: The Future of Coordinated Care

CHS looks forward to working with CMS and our physician partners to implement the rule and proposing public policy that continues to enhance coordinated care and the value-based medicine goals of improving quality, reducing costs, and increasing patient satisfaction.

Media Monitoring

Medicare's New ACO Model Preps Providers for Insurance Ventures | Modern Healthcare | January, 2016

Hopeful Reactions to CMS's Unveiling of the Details of Its Next Generation ACO Program | Healthcare Informatics | January, 2016

Finding Value in MSSP through Leadership, Simplicity, and Engagement | Accountable Care News | November, 2015

Are Medicare ACOs Working? Experts Disagree | Kaiser Health News | October 21, 2015

More flexibility, Options under Medicare ACO Final Rule | FierceHealthcare, By Ilene MacDonald | June 5, 2015

Medicare Vies to Keep ACOs on Board with More Flexible Rules | Modern Healthcare | June 4, 2015

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