Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce they will be part of OneCare Vermont, the new accountable care organization formed by Fletcher Allen Health Care and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
An official announcement about the formation of OneCare Vermont, LLC occurred back in January, when the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) approved its application to bring together two Federally Qualified Health Centers, five rural health centers, 13 community hospitals and 58 private practices under the umbrella of a single organization. However the announcement did not name any of the participating organizations.
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital was listed as a participant on the original application submitted to CMS, says President and CEO Steven R. Gordon. “Joining OneCare will help us focus our efforts to improve quality of care in our community while helping to control costs,” he says.
Under the guidelines of Medicare Shared Savings Program portion of new federal healthcare laws, groups of healthcare providers can form an ACO to share the responsibility for quality, cost and overall care of Medicare recipients. About thirty-seven percent of the patient population served by BMH is on Medicare. Overall, Vermont has approximately 42,000 residents who are Medicare-eligible.
Gordon says that Medicare patients will not need to enroll in the ACO and their access to services or providers will not change. Furthermore, Medicare patients who do access services from OneCare Vermont will still be able to seek care from any provider they choose.
“Patients with access to ACOs in other parts of the U.S. have received higher quality, more efficient care as a result,” says Gordon. “As OneCare Vermont evolves, we expect families in our community to see an improvement in the value of the care they receive.”