NPG Health Collaborative, LLC (NPG Health) began operating as an independent Accountable Care Organization (ACO) January 1, 2017. NPG includes more than 100 providers who serve nine rural hospitals in Nebraska and Kansas.
As an ACO, NPG Health will allow members to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. This program aims to reduce healthcare costs and improve healthcare quality for patients using Medicare. Our goal is to improve health and wellness in rural communities throughout the region.
What is an ACO?
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients.
The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
When an ACO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.
Today, Medicare offers several ACO programs:
What is a Shared Savings Program?
The Shared Savings Program was established by section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act and is a key component of the Medicare delivery system reform initiatives included in the Affordable Care Act. Shared Savings Program ACOs are groups of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to provide high quality services to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. In 2017, the Shared Savings Program welcomed 99 new participants and 79 renewing participants, bringing the total number of participants to 480 across 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
For any general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), please visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)