1. Mercy Health ACO Announces State Certification for New Program

    Mercy Health ACO announced that the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) certified it as an accountable-care organization (ACO) in the HPC’s new, first-in-the-nation program. The HPC’s first round of ACO certification includes 17 HPC-certified ACOs and is a significant milestone for Massachusetts, making it the first state to implement statewide, all-payer standards for care delivery. “We are pleased to take the next step in this important effort to improve care for MassHealth patients and reduce costs for the Commonwealth,” said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center. Mercy has formed an ACO partnership with Boston Medical Center (BMC ...

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    1. We are pleased to take the next step in this important effort to improve care for MassHealth patients and reduce costs for the Commonwealth.
    2. The ACO program represents a significant change in the way MassHealth contracts with healthcare organizations throughout the state.
    3. The ACO certification program will bring new transparency and information to the public regarding how ACOs are structured and operating today.
    4. Mercy Medical Center's new ACO is big step forward for increasing access and affordability in Western Massachusetts.
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