Fort Dodge ACO Services | UnityPoint Health - Trinity
UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge

Pioneer ACO & Next Generation ACO - Delivering Better, More Coordinated Care

Trinity Pioneer ACO

Trinity Regional Medical Center, UnityPoint Clinic - Fort Dodge Region, Berryhill Center and UnityPoint at Home - Fort Dodge Region came together to form the Trinity Pioneer ACO. Trinity Pioneer ACO was in the Pioneer ACO Program from 2012 - 2015. In 2016 they transitioned into the Next Generation ACO as a participant of UnityPoint Health Partners' Next Generation ACO.

What is an Accountable Care Organization?

An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and health care providers working together to give you better service and care. 

What are the goals of the ACO?

  • Better care for individual patients
  • Better health for our communities
  • Affordable care for all

What is shared savings?

In Medicare's traditional fee-for-service payment system, doctors and hospitals, generally speaking, are paid based on the number of tests and procedures ordered for their patients. Experts say that drives up costs. ACOs will not do away with fee for service but would create savings incentives when providers keep costs down. Doctors and hospitals are required to meet specific quality benchmarks, focusing on prevention and carefully managing patients with chronic diseases. In other words, providers get paid more for keeping their patients healthy and out of the hospital.

Trinity Pioneer ACO Aggregated Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • Performance Year 1: $0
  • Performance Year 2: $1,218,812
  • Performance Year 3: $0
  • Performance Year 4: TBD

How Shared Savings Were Distributed

  • Reinvestment in Infrastructure: 10%
  • Other ACO Participants: 90%
    • Physicians: 70%
    • Other Health Care Providers: 30%