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UMass Memorial ACO Ranks Amongst Nation’s Highest Performers for 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tony Berry

508-793-5394 (office) 774-317-0422 (cell)

anthony.berry@umassmemorial.org

WORCESTER, Mass. – The UMass Memorial Accountable Care Organization (UMass Memorial ACO) reported today that it realized nearly $23 million in total savings for 2017. A survey of the recently released figures from the Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that the UMass Memorial ACO ranked first in New England and 15th nationally in the final performance results for the 472 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs. Organization leaders credit the success to an increased focus on quality and transitions of care. Included in the total savings are earned shared savings of $9.1 million.

More than $1 billion in gross savings was generated by MSSP ACOs with 60 percent of the participants making a contribution - exceeding the 56 percent of ACOs contributing to last year’s gross savings. Meanwhile the 34 percent of MSSP ACOs earning shared savings outpaced the 31 percent total from 2016. The UMass Memorial ACO consists of seven hospitals, four federally qualified health centers, 60 medical practices and 24 independent MDs; 456 providers in the ACO are primary care physicians and 1,441 providers are specialists.

“This is a result of a diverse team, with many components, coming together with one goal in mind: doing what is best for the patients in this ACO,” said John Greenwood, UMass Memorial ACO president. “The level of teamwork and coordination has been phenomenal. Congratulations and kudos to our providers who are on the front line collaborating and delivering quality patient care; our Board of Directors for their guidance and support; and our passionate population health team. This gives us tremendous momentum and provides a roadmap to success for our renewed program over the next three years.”

In response to mandates within The Affordable Care Act, CMS designed the Medicare Shared Savings Program to reward ACOs that improve both the quality and cost efficiency of health care. The UMass Memorial program – a Track 1 MSSP ACO – was established for 2015-2017 and has been renewed for 2018-2020.

About UMass Memorial Health Care

UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 12,900 employees and 1,670 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group. Our member hospitals and entities include Clinton Hospital, HealthAlliance Hospital, Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and Community Healthlink, our behavioral health agency. With our teaching and research partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our extensive primary care network and our cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular, and musculoskeletal programs, UMass Memorial delivers safe, high-quality and compassionate care.

Call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763) for all your health care needs. Visit umassmemorialhealthcare.org.