Medicare has a new model where health care providers who share a common vision of improving patient care can work together more effectively by belonging to an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The Next Generation ACO Model is an initiative for ACOs that are experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients. The goal of the Model is to test whether strong financial incentives for ACOs, coupled with tools to support better patient engagement and care management, can improve health outcomes and lower expenditures for Original Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries. Included in the Next Generation ACO Model are strong patient protections to ensure that patients have access to and receive high-quality care.
NW Momentum Health Partners ACO works with Thurston County, WA health care providers who are voluntarily taking part in the Next Generation Model, as they believe it will help in providing better quality care for patients. All of the health care providers participating have joined us in committing to the needs and preferences of their Medicare beneficiaries and to emphasize the coordination of care. While beneficiaries may feel as though their care is already coordinated, NW Momentum Health Partners ACO will act as a safeguard to ensure care is always coordinated moving forward.