Atrius Health announced today that it has joined several of the nation’s largest health care organizations in forming the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a new private-sector alliance dedicated to accelerating the transformation of the U.S. health care system to value-based business and clinical models aligned with improving outcomes and lowering costs. Emily Brower, Executive Director of Accountable Care Programs for Atrius Health, co-leads the ACO workgroup within the task force.
The Task Force has set a goal to move 75 percent of their business into value-based arrangements that focus on the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs by 2020.
“Population health is at the core of Atrius Health’s mission. We continually engage our clinicians and staff to develop innovative programs that improve our patients’ health and use healthcare dollars wisely,” said Brower. “We are excited to join our peers nationally in moving this system of care forward more quickly to achieve lowered costs, better patient experience and better quality of care.”
The Task Force’s announcement comes just two days after Secretary of US Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced that Medicare would shift 50 percent of its provider payments into alternative payment arrangements such as accountable care organizations or bundled payments by 2018. Together, the two announcements send a clear signal that the public and private sector are aligning around a new trajectory for health care payments that moves away from fee-for-service and into alternative payment models.
The Task Force will seek to align private and public sector changes in the way providers are paid and will develop timely and actionable policy and program design recommendations for the private sector, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Congress and others; new delivery and payment models; and the best-practice tools, benchmarks and approaches to implement them. Initial priorities include improving the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, developing common bundled payment framework and improving care for high-cost patients. Atrius Health is one of nineteen Medicare Pioneer ACOs – the first Medicare ACO model — nationally.
Today, the Task Force also released its first consensus recommendations about how best to design the next generation of the ACO model in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid programs. The recommendations will form the basis of the Task Force’s upcoming comment letter on the CMS proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings ACO program.
To learn more about the Health Care Transformation Task Force and stay up to date on its latest recommendations and reports, visit www.hcttf.org.