Care coordination played a significant role in the Michigan Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) generating an estimated savings of nearly $17 million in its third performance year.
The Michigan Pioneer ACO is affiliated with Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s Detroit Medical Center. It is one of 19 organizations nationally participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services accountable care initiative.
In a Tenet news release, Joe Mullany, chief executive officer of Detroit Medical Center, said:
“The focus of our Michigan Pioneer ACO is to improve care transitions and care coordination, supported by efforts to ensure patients see their primary care physician within seven days after hospital discharge and encouraging every patient to see their primary care physician for their Medicare annual wellness visit.”