AETNA SIGNS ACCOUNTABLE CARE ARRANGEMENT WITH DELAWARE VALLEY ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATION

BLUE BELL, Pa., Feb. 2, 2016 – Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced that it has signed an accountable care organization (ACO) agreement with Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO), offering commercial customers in Southeastern Pennsylvania a health care model designed to improve quality, efficiency and the patient experience. The DVACO’s member hospitals and physicians provide care under a value-based, patient-centric model of health care delivery that is focused on keeping people healthy. The agreement with Aetna is anticipated to include approximately 70,000 current Aetna commercially insured members who are under the care of DVACO-affiliated primary care physicians. “This is an exciting development for Aetna and its members in Southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Laurie Brubaker, president of Aetna’s operations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware. “We’ve been building value-based relationships with physicians in Pennsylvania for the past couple of years, and we’re delighted to work with DVACO to improve care and the patient experience for our members.” “This collaboration with Aetna comes on the heels of our very successful first year in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and allows us to expand our ability to positively transform health care delivery in the greater Philadelphia area,” said Katherine Schneider, M.D., M.Phil., FAAFP, president and CEO at Delaware Valley ACO. “At DVACO, our primary focus is to deliver a valuable experience to our communities through high-quality care and effective coordination between health care providers and this innovative collaboration with Aetna will extend our population health capabilities to benefit non-Medicare commercially insured residents in our region.” “I, and many of my physician colleagues, are excited for this partnership with Aetna that will ultimately extend...

Delaware Valley ACO, Humana Expand Value Based Care Partnership

As partnership enters its second year, results show improved health measures PHILADELPHIA & LOUISVILLE, Ky. – December 14, 2015 – Delaware Valley ACO (DVACO), one of the largest Medicare shared savings programs in the U.S., and Humana (NYSE:HUM), a leading health and well-being company, announced favorable results stemming from their year-old partnership. Since 2014, Humana members cared for through the value-based agreement with DVACO have experienced a ten percent increase in medication therapy adherence and a four percent increase in disease management program participation. In addition, the relationship expanded to include 22 additional physician practices last month, including Abington Health (now part of Jefferson Health), making the value-based health care model now available to 8,200 Humana Medicare Advantage members in the Delaware Valley. Value-based health care is a new and growing health care model that emphasizes primary care, quality and a more coordinated care experience for patients. The approach, also called accountable care, features tools and information to help primary care physicians and health systems better manage the overall health of the people they care for. “Seeing gains in drug adherence and disease management participation is important,” explained Eric Bohannon, Vice President of Humana Medicare Products in Pennsylvania. “These early indicators show that value-based care is doing what it’s supposed to: shift our health care system toward a more proactive, coordinated approach.” The partnership gives Humana members in-network access to DVACO’s integrated health systems, featuring Jefferson Health, Main Line Health, Holy Redeemer Health System, and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. For 2016, DVACO features 667 primary care physicians in five counties. “At DVACO, we are strongly committed to forming partnerships that...

Medicare ACOs Continue to Improve Quality of Care, Generate Shared Savings

Delaware Valley ACO experiences significant success after first year of participation The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued 2014 quality and financial performance results showing that more Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to generate financial savings while improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries by fostering greater collaboration between doctors, hospitals, and health care providers. When an ACO demonstrates that it has achieved high-quality care and effectively reducing spending of health care dollars above certain thresholds, it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare. In 2014, 20 Pioneer and 333 Shared Savings Program ACOs generated more than $411 million in savings, which includes all ACOs savings and losses. The results also show that ACOs with more experience in the program tend to perform better over time. Medicare ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO exceeds quality and financial thresholds – demonstrating achievement of high-quality care and wiser spending of health care dollars – it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare. Delaware Valley ACO (DVACO) was one of the ACOs that generated shared savings. “We at DVACO are very pleased with this early validation of our commitment to moving the business model of health care from one strictly based on volume to one based upon value,...

Delaware Valley ACO Adopts Wellcentive’s Value-Based Care Solution to Manage 100,000+ Lives

Leading Accountable Care Organization will rely on Wellcentive solutions for population health, quality initiatives and advanced care management ATLANTA—Aug. 3, 2015—Wellcentive, the leader in population health management and value-based care solutions, announced that it has signed a five-year agreement to deliver products, services and expanded care management capabilities for the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization(DVACO)—one of the largest Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs in the U.S. Wellcentive will support DVACO’s mission to improve the health of its populations and streamline their transition to value-based reimbursement models. DVACO is a consortium founded and owned by five innovative Philadelphia-area health systems— Thomas Jefferson University Health System , Main Line Health®, Doylestown Health, Holy Redeemer Health System and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital—that recognized the need for collaboration to transform care delivery and adopt value-based reimbursement. The ACO currently covers around 65,000 Medicare beneficiaries, and is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. In addition to its Medicare Shared Savings Program contract, the ACO is preparing to extend its value-based approach to other payers and purchasers. “We are looking forward to partnering with Wellcentive as DVACO continues to make significant progress in this complex transition to value-based care,” said Katherine Schneider, M.D., M.Phil., FAAFP, president and CEO at Delaware Valley ACO. “As our organization continues to grow and evolve, our ability to implement data driven processes to actively manage our populations and control costs is absolutely critical. Wellcentive demonstrated advanced capabilities to help guide our quality initiatives and patient outcomes, ultimately supporting the health of our patient populations and the success of DVACO as we position ourselves during this transformative time for the industry.”...

DVACO Care Coordination: Supporting Primary Care

The Care Coordination department launched in the fall of 2014, with the addition of the Director of Care Coordination, Ann Marks, RN, who brings over 25 years of experience within payer and provider sectors serving special needs populations. In October 2014, the DVACO added two of its first RN care coordinators, who have since assisted over 500 patients with complex care needs. The DVACO’s care coordination team works with patients in collaboration with their primary care providers, specialists, hospital-based care managers, practice-based care coordinators, and a multitude of agencies, in an effort to reduce fragmentation of patients’ care. Our care coordinators complement existing care coordinators within the health systems’ employed practices or other ambulatory settings. Our goal is to serve as an extension of the primary care providers’ staff.   As the DVACO evolves, we seek ways to improve patient care. This requires utilizing experienced care coordinators who are primarily registered nurses or social workers, along with standardized processes for identifying patients within the population who are most likely to benefit from enhanced care coordination. Technology to support a standardized care coordination process is imperative, and includes patient identification, stratification, data analysis, care planning, alerts about gaps in care, and documentation of the overall care coordination process. A key component of the quality measures we use to evaluate the success of care coordination is continuous monitoring of emergency department utilization and inpatient hospital admissions rates. DVACO also helps monitor the patient’s transition of care from hospital to nursing home or home health, as well as to and from the patient’s own home setting. This includes evaluation of access and adherence...