Tags: uniform high quality , affordability

At Partners HealthCare, we believe that when it comes to health care, “high quality” and “affordablility” can go hand-in-hand. Last week, we saw that point proven through our participation in the U.S. government’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) initiative.

For the second year in a row, Partners lowered health care cost growth for more than 60,000 Medicare patients. Through enhanced care coordination, the rate of cost growth fell by 0.46 percent, resulting in approximately $3.3 million in taxpayer savings, according to new federal data. Combined with our first year in the program, the total savings to date – shared between the federal government and Partners – tally $17.7 million.

More importantly, our Medicare patients are receiving better care. Partners ranked at or above the 90th percentile on 23 of 33 quality measures tracked by the federal agency that oversees the program. And our mortality rate was among the best in the nation.

In all, 5 of the 23 Pioneer ACOs are based here in eastern Massachusetts. Partners and four other Massachusetts health care providers – Atrius Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital and Steward Health Care – are literally pioneering the way, developing a blueprint for the nation to follow when it comes to improving quality and slowing cost growth.

The new approaches to health care delivery developed through this initiative build on a history of care innovation at Partners. Improved coordination, higher quality care and lower costs are all key pieces of our population health management approach, which began at Massachusetts General Hospital and has since been expanded throughout the Partners system. From primary care to home care, population health management is caring for more patients and addressing their needs.

Read more about our efforts to provide coordinated care.