Health Access Network Joins Community Care Partnership of Maine ACO

 

Community Care Partnership of Maine (CCPM), an Accountable Care Organization comprised of 11 federally qualified health centers and three community hospitals throughout Maine, is pleased to announce that Health Access Network in Lincoln has joined their membership. CCPM member organizations are committed to collaboration, resource sharing, and the implementation of best practices for improving the patient and care team experience, achieving high-quality clinical
outcomes, and managing costs.

“Health Access Network is delighted to join the CCPM team. We believe CCPM has developed a great model that uniquely positions many health care entities together, capitalizing on quality health care in a cost effective and efficient manner. By joining this effort, Health Access Network will be able to grow not only within the community we serve, but also within the health care environment,” said Nicole Morrison, RN, Chief Executive Officer.

Health Access Network is located in Lincoln, Maine and serves the rural communities of Lincoln, Medway, Millinocket, West Enfield and Lee; providing care to approximately 12,000 patients visits each year.

Founded in 2003, the federally qualified health center specializes in comprehensive primary healthcare, dental care, podiatry and behavioral healthcare services; a team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians work with patients and families to provide compassionate patient-centered care. The health center provides exceptional care to all residents, regardless of ability to pay.

“Community Health Centers are critical deliverers of health care in our communities– they truly are the neighborhood doctor’s office for so many Maine people,” CCPM Chief Executive Officer Mary Prybylo, RN, MSN, FACHE, said. “Health centers historically have focused on the social determinants of health and improving population health, so it is a natural fit for Health Access Network to join our efforts improve health outcomes for the communities we serve through meaningful collaboration and shared accountability for the health of our patients.”

CCPM’s member organizations collectively serve over 180,000 patients. CCPM is required to meet certain quality and performance metrics in the delivery of care for those patients, including in areas of patient/caregiver experience, care coordination and patient safety, preventive health, and treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease.

Eastport Health Care, Inc. Joins Community Care Partnership of Maine ACO

 

Community Care Partnership of Maine (CCPM), an Accountable Care Organization comprised of
11 federally qualified health centers and three community hospitals throughout Maine, is pleased to
announce that Eastport Health Care, Inc. has joined their membership. CCPM member
organizations are committed to collaboration, resource sharing, and the implementation of best
practices for improving the patient and care team experience, achieving high-quality clinical
outcomes, and managing costs.

“EHC is honored to join the ranks of CCPM member an organization fully aligned with our
commitment and orientation to providing patient centered high quality compassionate cost effective
care, in an environment that supports responsive listening and collaborative services,” said Holly
Gartmayer-DeYoung, Chief Executive Officer.

Eastport Health Care, Inc. is located in Eastport, Maine and serves the rural communities of
Washington County, including Eastport, Machias, and Calais; providing care to approximately 5,000
patients each year.

Founded in 1978, the federally qualified health center specializes in comprehensive primary family
healthcare, routine and preventative dental care, general and surgical podiatry and behavioral
healthcare services; a team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians work with patients and
families to provide compassionate patient-centered care. The health center provides exceptional
care to all residents, regardless of ability to pay.

“Community Health Centers are woven into the fabric of the communities they serve – they truly
are the neighborhood doctor’s office for so many Maine people,” CCPM Chief Executive Officer
Mary Prybylo, RN, MSN, FACHE, said. “Health centers historically have focused on the social
determinants of health and increasing health care access in our communities, so it is a natural fit for
Eastport Health Care, Inc. to join our efforts to transform the delivery of healthcare and improve
population health through meaningful shared accountability.”

CCPM’s member organizations collectively serve over 180,000 patients. CCPM is required to meet
certain quality and performance metrics in the delivery of care for those patients, including in areas
of patient/caregiver experience, care coordination and patient safety, preventive health, and
treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease.

CCPM Earns Medicare Shared Savings in 2017

Community Care Partnership of Maine (CCPM), an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) comprised of 12 member health care organizations throughout Maine, is pleased to announce the achievement of shared savings in its second year of participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). For the 2017 performance year, CCPM achieved $8.1 million in total savings for Medicare, with $ 4.1 million in shared savings returning to CCPM and its member organizations – all of which are federally qualified health centers or critical access and community hospitals who are collectively committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery and reducing unnecessary healthcare costs. CCPM and its member organizations will use the performance payment to invest in infrastructure and continued improvements in the delivery of high quality patient care.

CCPM member Nasson Health Care, a community-based health center managed by York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC), in Springvale, Maine, used the distribution of funds they received through MSSP Shared Savings to invest in care management services. Care management is a pillar of Nasson’s team-based patient centered approach to help patients manage their medical conditions more effectively.

“YCCAC has invested its portion of this distribution in care management services—staff time, system maintenance, and retaining access to HealthInfoNet, Maine’s Health Information Exchange,” said Martin Sabol, Nasson Health Services Director.

Care management is a core element of the range of activities intended to improve patient care and reduce the need for medical services by helping patients more effectively manage health conditions. A care manager can work with a patient to create attainable health goals, develop a care plan and an action plan, and provide the kind of support the patient needs to achieve the best health possible.

“As a Care Manager at Nasson, I work with patients who may be suffering from multiple chronic diseases or experiencing barriers in their personal lives impacting their ability to stay healthy,” says Leah Young. “The goal is to connect with these patients and provide support and resources, which will enable them to manage their care to achieve the best outcome with the least intrusion, and at the lowest cost.”

A result of this practice has been not only effective treatment for patients with chronic or complex conditions, but also a reduction in overall costs to the health care system. David Koffman, MD, CCPM Chief Medical Officer adds “Nasson Health Care is just one of several organizations who have been able to increase quality, efficiency, and access to care. Our shared focus is on improving the quality of care delivered to our member organizations through a team-based approach. By improving the coordination of care for our patients in their home, in our offices and at other healthcare facilities, we hope to achieve even better outcomes in future years.”

CCPM serves approximately 13,000 Medicare beneficiaries and is required to meet certain quality and performance metrics in the delivery of care for those patients, including in areas of patient/caregiver experience, care coordination and patient safety, preventive health, and treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease.

Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs in order to work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow health care cost growth. Community Care Partnership of Maine is currently one of 472 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Shared Savings Program ACOs serve 9 million beneficiaries. ACOs receive a portion of the Medicare savings generated from lowering the growth in health care costs as long as they also meet standards for high quality care. In 2017, the National Association of ACOs reported that Shared Savings ACOs generated a gross savings of $1.1 billion to Medicare.

More information about the Shared Savings Program is available at CMS.gov.

Sacopee Valley Health Center Joins Community Care Partnership of Maine ACO

Community Care Partnership of Maine (CCPM), an Accountable Care Organization comprised of 12 federally qualified health centers and three community hospitals throughout Maine, is pleased to announce that Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter has joined their membership. CCPM member organizations are committed to collaboration, resource sharing, and the implementation of best practices for improving the patient and care team experience, achieving high-quality clinical outcomes, and managing costs.

“Becoming part of CCPM allows Sacopee Valley Health Center to further improve the health of the communities we serve in southern Maine in the most cost-effective and transformative manner,” said Lynn Kearney, Executive Director.

Sacopee Valley Health Center is located in Porter, Maine and serving Carroll County in New Hampshire and three counties and ten rural communities in Maine; providing approximately 24,000 patient visits each year.
Founded in 1976, the health center is a private, federally qualified health center specializing in responsive trauma-informed, integrative primary care; a team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians working with patients and families to provide compassionate patient-centered care. The health center provides care on a sliding fee scale, regardless of ability to pay.

“Community Health Centers are woven into the fabric of the communities they serve – they truly are the neighborhood doctor’s office for so many Maine people,” CCPM Chief Executive Officer Mary Prybylo, RN, MSN, FACHE, said. “Health centers historically have focused on the social determinants of health and improving population health, so it is a natural fit for Sacopee Valley Health Center to join our efforts to transform the delivery of healthcare through meaningful sharing and accountability for the health of our patients.”

CCPM’s member organizations collectively serve over 150,000 patients. CCPM is required to meet certain quality and performance metrics in the delivery of care for those patients, including in areas of patient/caregiver experience, care coordination and patient safety, preventive health, and treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease. To learn more, please visit: https://www.ccpmaine.org

Community Care Partnership of Maine ACO Achieves Medicare Shared Savings in First Year

Community Care Partnership of Maine (CCPM), an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) comprised of 11 member health care organizations throughout Maine, is pleased to announce the achievement of shared savings in its first year of participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). For the 2016 performance year, CCPM achieved $4.3 million in total savings for Medicare, with $2.1 million in shared savings returning to CCPM and its member organizations – all of which are federally qualified health centers or critical access and community hospitals who are collectively committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery and reducing unnecessary healthcare costs. By meeting MSSP quality performance and reporting measures, a remarkable feat in its first year, CCPM was able to earn 100% of possible shared savings. CCPM and its member organizations will use the performance payment to invest in infrastructure and continued improvements in the delivery of quality patient care.

“Community Care Partnership of Maine is an outstanding group of healthcare organizations, dedicated to continuous quality improvement and to truly holding each other accountable for providing such high standards of care,” CCPM Chief Executive Officer Mary Prybylo, RN, MSN, FACHE, said. “CCPM’s performance on these measures and achievement of shared savings are the direct result of this collaborative effort.”

CCPM serves 11,370 Medicare beneficiaries and is required to meet certain quality and performance metrics in the delivery of care for those patients, including in areas of patient/caregiver experience, care coordination and patient safety, preventive health, and treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease. In the areas of preventive care and the treatment of at-risk populations with chronic disease, CCPM performed better than the mean performance rate of all participating MSSP ACOs for 14 out of 17 metrics. In addition, CCPM performed well in patient/caregiver experience, which is assessed through random surveys of Medicare members for the 2016 performance year.

The performance results also revealed key opportunities for improvement in the area of care coordination, specifically for unplanned admissions for patients with chronic disease, as well as readmissions for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) – an area that CCPM had identified in advance and proactively established a SNF Collaborative to address.

David Koffman, MD, CCPM Chief Medical Officer, adds “We are highly encouraged by these results so early in our journey of sharing best practices among our organizations. Our shared focus is on improving the quality of care through a team approach. By coordinating the care of our patients in their home, in our offices and at other healthcare facilities, we hope to achieve even better outcomes in future years.”

Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs in order to work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow health care cost growth. Community Care Partnership of Maine is currently one of 480 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Shared Savings Program ACOs serve 9 million beneficiaries. ACOs receive a portion of the Medicare savings generated from lowering the growth in health care costs as long as they also meet standards for high quality care.

More information about the Shared Savings Program is available at CMS.gov.