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Premier launches new collaborative to support ACO preparation

Posted Aug 08 2012 11:40am

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Premier has launched a new program to help health systems apply for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Premier’s MSSP collaborative is offering participating organizations an MSSP pre-assessment tool; a comprehensive gap analysis based on application requirements; application support, including sample documents related to governance and provider participation; and access to best practices and lessons learned from successful applicants.

"Given the short time frame for developing MSSP applications, it is imperative that interested ACOs start executing now," said Joe Damore, vice president of integrated engagement and delivery and head of the MSSP collaborative. "We have a strong track record of success in previous MSSP application rounds and believe that we can help almost any organization successfully develop a winning proposal."

Healthcare Informatics recently wrote about the initiative.  Click here to read the full article.

Developed in October 2011, the MSSP allows Medicare to enter into contracts with individual accountable care organizations (ACOs) that agree to take responsibility for the quality of care furnished to individual beneficiaries.

In return, these ACOs, which often include hospitals, primary care physicians, specialists, medical groups and post-acute providers, have the opportunity to share in savings realized through improved care.

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