We are in an unprecedented time of change in health care. CMS is rapidly changing the way in which care is paid for. In just a few short years the vast majority of all Medicare payments will be tied to outcomes and/or quality measures. With an increasing focus on total cost of care, and elimination of unnecessary and duplicative care, those physicians who join an Accountable Care Organization and refine their practice and care patterns to deliver more coordinated care will be in a better position to thrive in this new paradigm. The eBrightHealth ACO is a “Track 1” program meaning that participants do not bear financial risk, but rather share in any savings that the ACO is able to achieve.
About eBrightHealth ACO
Christiana Care Health System, Bayhealth Medical Center and Nanticoke Health Services came together with 12 community-based primary care practices across Delaware to form the ACO in January 2016. More than 200 primary care physicians and other health care providers were part of this state-wide initiative. In January 2017, we added Beebe Hospital and Atlantic General Hospital and Health System. Also joining were eight additional community practices and LaRed Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC). With the addition of the two health systems and physician practice partners, the five-health-system-strong ACO will care for more than 45,000 Medicare beneficiaries in our service area and involve close to 300 providers.
Why eBrightHealth ACO?
The eBrightHealth ACO represents a broad statewide coalition of participating providers. As partners, these health systems are aligned with the common interest of reducing unnecessary emergency room and inpatient utilization, which is a key factor for success. The eBrightHealth ACO has the infrastructure and support teams to help achieve a successful outcome.