Atrius CEO Interview: Inside a Pioneer ACO

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By Karen Cheung-Larivee

The new year rung in 32 new Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACO) that are leading the country in a new kind of payment model, revolutionizing the way that providers are reimbursed with goals of cutting costs and improving care. How is it going so far, two months in the experiment?

FierceHealthcare caught up with Gene Lindsey (pictured), President and CEO of Atrius Health and its largest affiliate, Harvard Medical Associates, about what the process was like in becoming one of the first Medicare ACO Pioneers, especially in a competitive state like Massachusetts, and how the physician-led organization plans on standing out. Read on to hear what he has to say about the outcomes so far and about plans to work with commercial insurers, too.

The ACO Shared Savings application process
How patients reacted to ACO changes
Why Atrius Health signed up and plans for the future