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Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)

The term "accountable care organization" was first used at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, through the work of Dr. Elliott Fisher at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Today the ACO has become the model for finding new ways to deliver and pay for health care, focusing on provider reimbursements tied to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care for an assigned population of patients.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-H Health) Next Generation ACO

Building upon experience from the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program), the Next Generation ACO Model offers a new opportunity in accountable care - one that sets predictable financial targets, enables providers and beneficiaries greater opportunities to coordinate care, and aims to attain the highest quality standards of care. 

D-H Health is among 45 organizations selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model. D-H Health will partner with our Medicare beneficiaries and their families to achieve the "triple aim" of experience of care, improving quality, and reducing cost. We will utilize care coordination practices and programs by focusing on patient outreach and education.

Learn more about D-H Health Next Generation ACO

OneCare Vermont

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has partnered with Fletcher Allen Health Care at the University of Vermont to create OneCare Vermont, covering 42,000 of Vermont's 118,000 Medicare beneficiaries with primary and specialty care. For network providers and hospitals, OneCare Vermont represents an opportunity to develop the clinical and business relationships that will enable all member health care organizations to be successful in the accountable care environment.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Fletcher Allen anticipate that the knowledge gained through OneCare Vermont will translate to improvements in clinical delivery and reimbursement systems that can eventually benefit all payers and patients in Vermont by improving the health of Vermonters with high quality care while achieving lower cost growth.

Learn more about OneCare Vermont.

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