Congratulations to East Texas Regional Accountable Care Collaborative (Nacogdoches), UPSA ACO (San Antonio), Alliance ACO (rural central Texas and Kerrville), and Houston Regional ACO, all of whom kicked off their new value-based contracts on Jan. 1. Combined, these physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) working with TMA PracticeEdge represent more than 250 physicians and approximately 40,000 patient lives. All of these groups are accepting new physician members, and the TMA PracticeEdge team is recruiting physicians who want to set up commercial ACOs for a July 1, 2016, start date or the 2017 Medicare Shared Savings Program.
The TMA PracticeEdge team is on the road with presentations to groups exploring options for developing physician-led ACOs. This surge in interest is not surprising, according to Leavitt Partners, a leading value-based care think tank, which reports, "Passage of the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has had a substantial positive impact on the projected growth of the movement." In its recently released white paper, Leavitt projects more than 105 million patient lives, or one-third of Americans, will be managed by ACOs by 2020. Medicare payment incentives offered via MACRA's alternative payment model track, beginning in 2019, has spurred this growth. For a copy of the white paper or more information, email TMA PracticeEdge.
Contact Kim Harmon by phone at (888) 900-0334 or by email to find out more about opportunities in your area.
Action, Feb. 1, 2016
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June 23, 2016