Deaconess Care Integration Ranked #3 in Earned Shared Savings for Performance Year 2018 Among 41 Next Generation ACOs in the U.S.

For the third year in a row, Deaconess Health System’s Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Deaconess Care Integration (DCI), has been ranked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of the top-performing Next Generation ACOs in the U.S.

As announced by CMS on January 10, DCI generated more than $17 million in savings to Medicare during the 2018 performance year, which ranks DCI as the #3 performing Next Generation ACO out of 41 Next Generation ACOs in terms of earned shared savings in 2018.

In addition to these savings, DCI achieved an impressive care quality score of 90.56% and ranked #3 in the national across all Next Generation ACOs in the category of Savings as Percentage of Benchmark for those ACOs in Pay for Performance quality reporting. These results are consistent with DCI’s continued focus on delivering high-quality care while reducing unnecessary health care costs for patients. Several drivers contributed to these clinical and financial outcomes, including DCI’s emphasis on coordinating care to help ensure patients, especially the chronically ill or those who are hospitalized, get the right care at the right time, and avoid unneeded duplication of services.

Earlier this year, Deaconess Health System was recognized as a Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. Specifically, Deaconess was ranked the number two hospital in Indiana, out of more than 160 hospitals statewide.

“We are proud of our continued strong performance in the Next Generation ACO model and the significant clinical and financial outcomes we’ve seen in our value-based care efforts—most of all, because of what it means for the communities we serve,” said James Porter, MD, FAAP, FACHE, President, Deaconess Health System. “Providing high-quality care, while reducing health care costs, positions us well to continue to serve our community in a sustainable way. Our physician-led, evidence-based clinical programs and population health technology have been critical to our performance in the Next Generation ACO Model, as well as our ability to improve the quality and care experience for Medicare beneficiaries.”

In 2012, Deaconess Health System launched a new ACO, Deaconess Care Integration (DCI), to join the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Working closely with its operational partner, Evolent Health, Deaconess Care Integration then launched a Next Generation ACO in January 2016. To support its Next Generation ACO efforts, Deaconess partnered with its OneCare Collaborative, a group of five regional hospitals and more than 250 primary care providers dedicated to value-based care. Deaconess also invited several regional health systems—Good Samaritan Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and Methodist Health—as well as independent primary care physicians, to join Deaconess in its move to value-based care.

In its first year as a Next Generation ACO in 2016, Deaconess Care Integration was one of the top five-performing Next Generation ACOs in the U.S. Deaconess improved upon their performance in 2017 by being the number two highest performance Next Generation ACO in the US. This year, DCI entered its fourth year in the Next Generation ACO Model and currently serves more than 40,000 Medicare beneficiaries through its ACO.

Deaconess Health System

Deaconess Health System is the premier provider of health care services to 26 counties in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. The system consists of nine hospitals, a fully-integrated multispecialty group featuring primary care and specialty physicians; a freestanding cancer center, urgent care facilities, a network of preferred hospitals and doctors, more than 30 care sites, and multiple partnerships with other regional health care providers.

Deaconess Care Integration

Deaconess Health System’s Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Deaconess Care Integration (DCI), is committed to designing and implementing clinical programs that will result in achieving the ‘Three Part Aim’ objectives of providing better care for the individuals we serve, better health for the populations we care for, and doing so in a financially sustainable manner. 

OneCare Collaborative

OneCare Collaborative is a partnership between area physicians, hospital partners and Deaconess Health System, an experienced leader in quality care in Southwest Indiana. Deaconess provides the tools that regional hospitals and physicians need to secure their future as successful, high-quality providers. In addition to providing critical infrastructure for population health, OneCare works with health insurers to streamline processes for quality care initiatives for participating physicians and hospitals.