Physician Groups for Coordinated Care Applaud the Selection of an Innovative Alliance to Carry out National ACO Pilot Proj

ACO pilot is a win for everyone—physicians, patients, and for all of us who want to lower the cost and improve the quality of healthcare in the United States

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Physician Groups for Coordinated Care (PGCC) applauds the announcement that two leading physician-governed medical groups, and founding members of PGCC, have been selected to participate in a new and innovative, nationally-recognized healthcare model that rewards providers for improving patient outcomes, while slowing cost growth.

The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) pilot project will be led by the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Monarch HealthCare, an Irvine, California-based medical group and Independent Physician Association (IPA), and HealthCare Partners, a Torrance, California-based medical group and IPA, will collaborate with Anthem Blue Cross in this ground breaking pilot project that expects to produce a successful model that will be replicable throughout the country.

"With the historic passage of Health Care Reform behind us, the critical question of how physicians are organized to provide care to patients will ultimately determine whether the legislation will succeed or is doomed to fail," said PGCC Chair, Jay Cohen, M.D. "As health care industry leaders who believe in the ACO model, we are dedicated to exploring innovative delivery model options that keep people healthy and drive costs down."

The physician groups and the insurer participating in this pilot are tasked with redesigning their systems of care to provide affordable, efficient, and coordinated care for PPO patients through a network of physicians. These physicians will use the latest health information technology to track patient treatments and share intelligence to guide patient care decisions. Because the ACO model introduces appropriate incentives for physicians to collaborate, be thoughtful in the provision of care, and meet or exceed quality benchmarks, it holds great promise for enhancing patient outcomes and increasing efficiency.

Physician Groups for Coordinated Care (PGCC) is composed of physician groups, independent practice associations and medical groups from across the country. We are accountable for the coordinated, effective, efficient delivery of necessary care to our patients. As such, we are able to better meet the current and future health needs of our patients through robust systems of coordinated care that encompass prevention, chronic care management, health care information technology and better physician - patient communication.


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