Dartmouth-Hitchcock Chosen as Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, a transformative new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

At the announcement of the Pioneer ACO partnership were, from left, Dartmouth-Hitchcock's John Butterly and Barbara Walters and CMS officials Jonathan Blum, Hoangmai Pham, and Rick Gilfillan. (photo by Chris Smith)

Through the Pioneer ACO Model, Dartmouth-Hitchcock will work with CMS to provide Medicare beneficiaries with higher quality care, while reducing growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination.

“Providing the highest quality health care for the patients of our region, while driving cost out of the system, is critical to our goal of creating a sustainable health system,” said Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President James N. Weinstein, DO, MS.

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) at Dartmouth Medical School helped develop the ACO model, which rewards providers for improving the quality of care and lowering projected costs, rather than promoting increased volume and intensity of care.

Dartmouth Medical School faculty at TDI provide ongoing research and policy recommendations regarding the role of ACOs in improving quality of care and lowering costs in the U.S. health care delivery system.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in evidence-based and patient-centered health care. The system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England.

Read the full story at Dartmouth-Hitchcock News.