The University of Vermont Medical Center is leading efforts throughout the state and region to transform the health care system, working in partnership with other hospitals, health organizations and providers. The goal is to maintain the highest quality of care while containing costs and improving care coordination — ensuring that patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
One of the ways The UVM Medical Center is doing this is by co-founding a new statewide accountable care organization that joins hundreds of health providers, including the region's two academic medical centers—The University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center—in a new model of health care, designed to offer greater coordination, efficiency, and better, more personalized care for Medicare patients.
"OneCare Vermont represents a huge shift in medical practice in Vermont," said John Brumsted, MD, chief executive officer of The UVM Medical Center. "This is the first time that we've been able to arrange for so many hospitals, physicians, and community-based health care services throughout the state to work together to ensure that patients, especially those with chronic conditions such as diabetes or congestive heart failure, will be followed more closely by their primary care provider to reduce the need for hospital admissions or visits to an emergency department. This means a healthier patient and a better quality of life."
What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?
A network of clinicians who provide coordinated care and chronic disease management, which improves the patient's quality of care. The accountable care organization's payment is tied to attaining health care quality goals and outcomes that result in cost savings.
What is OneCare Vermont?
Led by The UVM Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,OneCare Vermont is an extensive network of physicians, two federally qualified health centers, five rural health clinics, and 13 of the state's 14 hospitals serving Vermonters who work together to provide the highest quality care for patients, with reduced risk, duplication of services, and unnecessary procedures. OneCare offers care to 42,000 of Vermont's 118,000 Medicare beneficiaries.
OneCare Vermont is one of 106 ACOs in the country announced January 10, 2013 by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, established under the Affordable Care Act to facilitate coordination and cooperation among providers, to improve the quality of care for Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries, and reduce unnecessary costs. The providers in the network will be responsible for closely coordinating patient care, particularly for those with chronic conditions, with the aim of reducing the rate of growth in health care spending.
Contact OneCare Vermont
Accountable Care Organization LLC
356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 301
Colchester, VT, 05446