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| Posted On Jan 19, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Joins CMS Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model

We are delighted to announce that our organization has been selected to participate in the 2017 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model – a transformative initiative sponsored by the CMS Innovation Center. As a Next Generation ACO, Atrius Health will work closely with CMS to provide its Medicare beneficiaries with higher-quality care at lower costs.

Today’s announcement was the culmination of a competitive selection process that began in March 2016 with the national release of a Request for Letters of Intent from CMS.

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| Posted On Sep 06, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health’s Pioneer ACO achieves over 95 percent quality score and saves Medicare $6.8 million

Atrius Health recently announced that its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has achieved over a 95 percent quality score from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and saved Medicare $6.8 million. Atrius Health’s practices achieved high quality and patient experience scores while also achieving savings for Medicare according to 2015 results released today by the CMS. These results demonstrate the organization’s continued success in achieving the Triple Aim of improving health outcomes and patient experience as well as reducing the total cost of care.

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| Posted On Jan 22, 2016 | By:

Reducing the Cost of Care in the Commonwealth

The cost of quality health care is a significant issue for people across the Commonwealth. Atrius Health has long been committed to providing the highest quality patient-centered care while actively bringing down the cost of care for our patients, their families, and our communities. On January 20th, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) released a special report on price variation which identified Atrius Health as a highly paid physician group.

While we thank the Health Policy Commission for their efforts to shed light on opportunities to contain growing healthcare costs,

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| Posted On Nov 03, 2015 | By:

Health Care Transformation Task Force Recommends Key Strategies for Potential ACOs

At Atrius Health, we strongly support sharing best practices so that more health systems may contribute to the growing movement to provide high-quality, cost-effective care as Accountable Care Organizations. As a member of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, we recently took part in a collaboration with providers, patients, payers and purchasers to develop an Action Memo outlining best practices for entering into an effective ACO agreement.

In an interview with FierceHealthcare,

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| Posted On Oct 13, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Testimony in Support of Two Important Bills

Atrius Health submitted testimony before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing today in support of two important pieces of legislation that will support the practices and our patients. Writing on behalf of Atrius Health, Dr. Richard Lopez, Chief Medical Officer, submitted comments in support of H. 267, An Act Advancing & Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services as well as H. 984 and S.

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| Posted On Oct 02, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Reduces Overall Cost of Care

At Atrius Health, everything we do is focused on improving patients’ lives and health outcomes, and ensuring value by reducing the overall cost of care, aka Total Medical Expense (TME). As the Health Policy Commission kicks off the 2015 Healthcare Cost Trends Hearing on Monday, October 5th, Atrius Health is proud to highlight our performance in making healthcare more affordable while consistently demonstrating among the highest quality levels.

Public Reporting:  The Center for Healthcare Information and Analysis (CHIA) has previously reported that Atrius Health is below market average health status adjusted TME (percentages noted are compared to 1.0 for the network average) for two of three commercial plans and has reduced costs with a third commercial plan:

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| Posted On Aug 27, 2015 | By:

Emily Brower Shares Lessons Learned as a Pioneer ACO

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Pioneer ACO model, Atrius Health, which has long supported value-based care, jumped at the opportunity to participate. Recently, Emily Brower, our Vice President of Population Health shared some of our chief learnings throughout our journey as a Pioneer ACO.

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| Posted On Jul 07, 2015 | By:

Health Care Transformation Task Force Releases Best Practices for High Cost Patients

As an active member of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, Atrius Health was pleased to provide information about our experience to help inform this report. Below is the press release announcing the release of a white paper on best practices for identifying high cost patients with complex needs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2015) –The Health Care Transformation Task Force, a consortium of patients, payers, providers and purchasers working to transform the U.S.

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| Posted On Jun 22, 2015 | By:

Webinar: How to Use the ACO Model to Develop a Population Health Strategy

When Atrius Health decided to participate in the Pioneer ACO program, we saw it as an opportunity to evolve a population health approach for all of our Medicare-eligible patients. Using a payer-blind, population health approach, Atrius Health analyzes integrated claims and EHR data to stratify the population, detect gaps in care and identify opportunities to improve outcomes.

We are excited to announce that on June 25, 2015, our own Emily Brower, Executive Director of Accountable Care,

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| Posted On May 18, 2015 | By:

Pioneer ACO Model Generates Substantial Savings to Medicare

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) on their recent announcement regarding the independent evaluation showing the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model generated a savings of $384 million to Medicare over its first two years. This report demonstrates that accountable care can reduce the growth in costs while also improving quality.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M.

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