Partnering to ensure high-quality, coordinated care for seniors

St. Luke’s ACO, a subsidiary of St. Luke’s Hospital, was selected this year as one of 124 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Through the Shared Savings Program, St. Luke’s ACO will partner with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Medicare beneficiaries with high-quality care through enhanced care coordination. As an ACO, St. Luke’s Medical Group physicians, St. Luke’s Hospital, its outpatient services and Surrey Place skilled nursing facility, are jointly accountable for the care of patients.

“The goal of St. Luke’s ACO is to keep people healthy by educating patients and increasing the focus on preventing disease and early detection of disease through enhanced care delivery,” said Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE, St. Luke’s Hospital president and chief executive officer. “Creating an ACO helps St. Luke’s be a good steward of resources across our care continuum and fulfill our mission of improving the lives of our patients.”

The ACO also supports physicians in caring for patients by making sure physicians have the most up-to-date information about their patients. This coordination will likely result in less paperwork for patients to fill out at the doctor’s office, avoidance of unnecessary tests and increased awareness of treatment options.

ACOs must meet quality standards to ensure that they improve care coordination and provide care that is appropriate, safe and timely. CMS has established 31 quality measures on patient and caregiver experience; care coordination and patient safety; improved care for at-risk populations, including patients with diabetes, hypertension, ischemic vascular disease and depression; and appropriate use of preventive health services.

To learn more about physicians participating in our ACO, including contact information and office hours, please search our Physician Directory for St. Luke’s Medical Group Physicians. For general questions or additional information about ACO’s, please visit medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or 1-877-486-2048 for TTY users.

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