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UnityPoint Health Partners chosen for CMS initiative to build on success of ACOs

UnityPoint Health Partners, the Accountable Care Organization of UnityPoint Health, has been selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) new accountable care organization (ACO) model called the Next Generation ACO Model (NGACO Model), advancing the Administration’s health care system goals and building on experience from the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Through this new model, CMS will partner with UnityPoint Health Partners and other ACOs experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients and whose provider groups are ready to assume higher levels of financial risk and reward. This is in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services’ goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to alternative payment models, such as ACOs, by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018.

The Next Generation ACO Model is one of many innovative payment and care delivery models created under the Affordable Care Act, an important step towards advancing models of care that reward value over volume in care delivery. Since Medicare Shared Savings Program and Pioneer ACOs began in 2012, and now, the Next Generation ACOs – Medicare ACOs have grown to
477 nationwide, serving nearly 8.9 million beneficiaries. The results from the past five years have demonstrated that as ACOs gain more experience in these initiatives, their performance improves in providing better quality of care for beneficiaries, while producing savings.

The Next Generation ACO Model is part of the Department’s efforts to create opportunities for providers to enter into alternative payment models and meet the Secretary’s goals announced on Jan. 26 to move an increasing percentage of Medicare payments into models that pay providers based on the quality rather than the quantity of care they provide  patients.

Pediatric Endocrinology Outreach Clinic
Referral Form

UnityPoint Clinic has established a Pediatric Endocrinology Outreach Clinic the second Thursday of each month at 855 A Avenue, NE in Cedar Rapids. Dan Sleiter, ARNP, CPNP, MSN with UnityPoint Health - Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines is the provider specialist who will see patients on the second Thursday of each month between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To request an appointment complete the referral form and fax to (515) 241-8911.

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