Premier Launches New Collaborative to Support ACO Preparation | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Premier Launches New Collaborative to Support ACO Preparation

August 8, 2012
by Mark Hagland
| Reprints
Program supports the preparation of applications for the Medicare Shared Savings Program

On August 7, the Charlotte-based Premier health alliance launched a new collaborative to help health systems apply for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which, as authorized under the Affordable Care Act, established accountable care organizations (ACOs) as vehicles for care coordination and hospital-physician collaboration through new reimbursement arrangements under the Medicare program.

To participate in the voluntary MSSP program, ACOs must first complete an extensive application detailing their specific capabilities. This includes ACO structure, ability to distribute shared savings payments, governance and leadership capabilities, financial viability and plan, provider agreements, data sharing capabilities, quality improvement plans, clinical processes and patient engagement strategies. In addition, every aspect of the ACO’s plan must comply with regulations issued by the Medicare program.

In that context, Premier’s MSSP collaborative is offering participating organizations an MSSP pre-assessment tool; a comprehensive gap analysis based on application requirements; application support, including sample documents related to governance and provider participation; and access to best practices and lessons learned from successful applicants.

In a press release announcing the new collaborative, Robert Gerberry, associate general counsel of Summa Health System, Akron, Oh., said in a statement that “Premier provided resources that helped us with a successful Shared Savings Program application. Through Premier,” Gerberry said,” we had direct access to representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for application questions, opportunities to speak with other healthcare organizations going through the same process, and exceptional consulting expertise as we drafted our application.” Gerberry led the preparation of the MSSP application for the NewHealth Collaborative, an ACO launched by Summa and a group of northeast Ohio physicians.

Topics

News

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.