In a letter sent this week to Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), the Delaware General Assembly and other key stakeholders in the health policy debate, Delaware Healthcare Association (DHA) shared the positive impact of hospitals investments in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Nationwide, hospitals participating in ACOs have saved millions of dollars for Medicare while delivering high quality, coordinated care. According to the American Hospital Association, hospitals on average are investing $5 - $12 million initially and $6.3 - $14.1 million annually in time and resources to establish and maintain ACOs. Importantly, these investments are paying off, with $174 million in net savings to Medicare in 2017 alone. ACOs are an important step in the move toward value-based payment models. All adult general acute care hospitals in Delaware are Medicare ACO participants and are seeing successful results.
Delaware hospitals are leading the way on payment reform and in moving away from fee-for-service models. Payment reform will better ensure patient access to high quality health care, support a robust primary care system, and focus efforts on population health. Delaware hospitals have committed to the goal of having 60% of patients under value-based contracts by 2021.
Hospitals are making these commitments and DHA looks forward to working with insurers and our state partners to accomplish this goal.
Click here to read DHA’s letter and the AHA infographic on ACOs