CareMount is One of 17 New CMS Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations in U.S.A.
Chappaqua, New York—April 24, 2018—CareMount Medical, the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State, has joined the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s (CMS) Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model under its managed care subsidiary, CareMount ACO. The ACO will focus on risk-based contracts for Government Programs, including Medicare Advantage. Next Generation ACOs are comprised of groups of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers who come together voluntarily to deliver coordinated, high-quality care to improve the patient’s experience and health while lowering overall healthcare costs. CareMount Medical participated as a Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1 ACO since 2012 before advancing to the Next Generation ACO Model in 2018.
“CareMount Medical is one of only two Next Generation ACOs in New York State and the only one that is wholly physician-owned,” said Scott D. Hayworth, M.D., President and CEO of CareMount Medical. “Becoming a Next Generation ACO is an important distinction among the nation’s leading healthcare systems. For CareMount, the model includes several important features that will help our physicians deliver high-value care and expand the CareMount network to include more preferred provider partners. The new ACO represents a significant step along the risk continuum as we continue to focus our strategic model on the shift from volume to value.”
Patients aligned to the Next Generation ACO Model will see no change to their original Medicare benefits and will continue to have the option to see their choice of Medicare provider. Patients receiving services through CareMount Medical’s ACO have received a letter explaining the new model of care. Patients not currently receiving primary care services through CareMount ACO could be eligible to be included in the ACO in the future.
Under its value-based care model, CareMount ACO will deliver care coordination services in close collaboration with more than 560 CareMount Medical primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice professionals. The ACO physicians will work collaboratively to ensure their patients, especially those with chronic conditions, receive the highest value services, at the right time and setting. Patient engagement is a key part of the process, and ACO physicians will partner with patients and their families in decision making. Further, enhanced patient protections guarantee patients have access to and receive high-quality care.
CMS assesses Next Generation ACOs annually on their overall quality of care measures and ability to deliver high-value care outcomes to attributed beneficiaries. CareMount ACO will provide performance measures on its ACO website in 2019.
To learn more about CareMount ACO, visit caremountmedical.com/ACO or call (914) 241-1050 (Westchester/Putnam) or (845) 231-5600 (Dutchess/Ulster/Columbia).
About CareMount Medical, P.C.:
CareMount Medical, P.C. is the largest independent multispecialty medical group in New York State, providing comprehensive medical care of the highest quality to 550,000 patients in more than 40 locations throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster counties. Founded in 1946 as Mount Kisco Medical Group, CareMount has grown to over 560 physicians and advanced practice professionals representing more than 40 different medical specialties. CareMount is affiliated with world-class organizations including Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Sinai Health System, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. CareMount offers on-site laboratory and radiology services, endoscopy and infusion suites, and operates eight urgent-care centers. Our physicians are frequently recognized as best doctors in respected publications and have been featured in lists including New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors,” Westchester and Hudson Valley Magazine’s “Top Doctors” as well as in Castle Connolly Medical’s “Top Doctors.” For additional information about CareMount Medical and its specialties, please visit: www.caremountmedical.com.
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About CareMount ACO, LLC:
CareMount ACO is the new managed care subsidiary of CareMount Medical, P.C. focused on risk-based contract performance under Government Programs. The ACO includes more than 560 primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice professionals from CareMount Medical, P.C. and a growing network of Preferred Providers from the acute and post-acute care settings. CareMount ACO is one of only two Medicare Next Generation ACOs in New York State and also participates in advanced risk-based contract arrangements with Medicare Advantage plans. The ACO is committed to delivering the highest-value care and achieving total quality outcomes for its patients. To learn more about CareMount ACO, visit: caremountmedical.com/ACO.