New Hampshire Accountable Care Partners Realized Nearly $6.2 million in Savings for Medicare

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Published on November 21, 2017

New Hampshire Accountable Care Partners Realized Nearly $6.2 million in Savings for Medicare

New Hampshire Accountable Care Partners (NHACP), a partnership of nine healthcare organizations dedicated to improving care for Medicare patients while managing costs, realized nearly $6.2 million in savings for Medicare last year, while also improving its care quality score.

Under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, NHACP and other Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) around the country have the opportunity to share in any savings realized by the Medicare program if they reach specified shared savings goals. The 2016 savings figure brings NHACP closer to achieving its shared savings goal.

New Hampshire Accountable Care Partners included in the 2016 performance results are: Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Elliot Health System, Mid-State Health Center, Riverbend Community Mental Health, Southern New Hampshire Health System and Wentworth Douglass Health System. Exeter Health Resources has since joined the partnership. Together, the partners serve approximately 55,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

The Shared Savings Program directs ACOs to provide services under strict performance requirements. Final performance results for 2016 show 95.6 percent quality performance for NHACP, approximately five points higher than the previous year. The partnership ranks 105 out of the 332 ACOs around the country that were part of the program before January 2016.

The performance report noted the NHACP organizations excelled in several categories, achieving a 100 percent score in screening and caring for at-risk populations, 98 percent for patient/caregiver experience and 97 percent in preventive health.

In comparison to benchmark data (2015), NHACP overall showed savings in certain categories for 2016, including decreased inpatient hospital expenditures, skilled nursing facility and imaging expenditures. While the cost savings did not qualify NHACP for shared savings, the healthcare organizations and their patients benefited from steps taken to more effectively coordinate care to ensure that Medicare patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.

NHACP seeks to reduce costs and improve quality of care by focusing on enhanced care coordination for high-risk patients, working closely with post-acute care partners on transitions of care, improving processes by standardizing best practices and engaging patients in prevention and self-management.

“We all have an unwavering commitment to patient-centered, high quality care,” said NHACP executive director Betsey Rhynhart. “Our performance shows that by doing so we are able to deliver lower-cost, higher-quality and more coordinated care.”

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