We can provide the clarity needed for such a decision by way of financial feasibility analysis as well as assistance as to which ACO to join in this saturated market.
In support of ACO development, SHP provides the following ACO consulting services:
During our analysis, we evaluate the make-up of the group to determine if the group will be able to support ACO development. This includes things like adequate primary care representation among the providers to support the ACO beneficiaries.
For Medicare ACOs we look to ensure that the market has enough traditional Medicare beneficiaries and that the baseline healthcare costs are high enough to demonstrate savings to governmental and commercial payers.
Once it has been determined that an ACO is feasible, SHP works to develop ACO Quality Criteria. This includes:
- Promotion of evidence based medicine.
- Processes to promote patient engagement.
- Reporting on quality and cost measures.
- Promotion of coordination of care.
We also work with the group on partner selection. While providers understand the clinical side, we often find that assistance is needed on the administration side and we work to identify and vet potential ACO partners.
Ongoing Oversight and Management
Once the ACO has been developed, many ACOs continue to work with SHP to provide ongoing oversight and management. With our expertise in managed care contracting and provider enrollment, we are able to provide many benefits to ACOs. In this capacity, SHP will coordinate every step of the ACO development process from initial interest meetings to payor contracting to distribution of shared savings to its members.