Statement on MSSP and Pioneer ACO cost and quality improvements Last Updated: August 26, 2015
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By Joe Damore, FACHE, vice president, population health management, Premier, Inc.

Members of the Premier healthcare alliance commend all 353 participating care providers on the successes of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program for their notable quality improvements and $411 million in total savings.

We believe ACOs hold great promise and are particularly pleased that more than 45 percent of the MSSP and Pioneer ACOs participating in Premier’s population health management collaborative, one of the largest ACO collaboratives in the country, qualified for shared savings payments. Critical to their success, collaborative members focus on 10 key strategies to operate a highly-successful population health management entity, including benchmarking performance with peers, population health data management, leveraging a gap assessment tool and sharing best practices.

All participants deserve credit for taking accountability for the quality and cost of care for a defined population. This is difficult work that requires new capabilities and investments. Moreover, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) model is evolving and we believe additional steps need to be taken, which we outlined in our recommendations to CMS.

— Joe Damore, FACHE, vice president, population health management, Premier, Inc.