Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization recipient of the National Association of ACOs Innovation Award

The Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO) has been presented with an Innovation Award by the National Association of ACOs for post-acute strategy. The award recognizes accountable care organizations that develop innovative ways to transform the real world care model. Beth Souder, PT, director, Post-Acute Network, DVACO, presented the strategy at NAACOS’ fall conference on October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. A large percentage of patients’ care occurs in post-acute environments such as nursing facilities, home health and hospice and outpatient rehab therapy. The care provided in these environments demonstrates high variability in both quality and cost outcomes. The DVACO developed methods to measure both quality and cost outcomes (value) in post-acute care, and then defined high-value partners and effective strategies, which is a critical factor to success for any population health/value-based care endeavor. “We were proud to receive this award which recognized our use of data to develop post-acute strategy and ultimately improve outcomes for our patients,” said Souder. Katherine Schneider, MD, president, DVACO added, “We are honored to have been recognized by NAACOS for the broad and deep changes implemented by our physicians and hospitals, supported by data, that over the past four years have improved quality and safety while reducing the total cost of skilled nursing facility spending by 25% in our Medicare population. We are excited to continue to strengthen these collaborations as more and more emphasis is placed on excellent care coordination across the continuum and the community.” The NAACO allows ACOs to work together to increase quality of care, lower costs and improve the health of their communities. Determined to create an environment...

Intern – Healthcare Data Analytics

Job Summary For the summer of 2019, the Delaware valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO) is hiring a paid intern to support our growing health care data analytics division. This paid internship is full-time for up to 12 weeks. If you are a graduate student interested in an internship for the summer of 2019? DVACO summer internship program places diverse graduate students currently pursuing master’s degrees in data analytics or a related field in a paying summer internship opportunity. Experienced administrators serve as preceptors and mentors, providing support and career advice as well as those critical early-career connections. The intern will have the exciting opportunity to work with the DVACO Analytics team to collect, process, integrate, analyze and present data; and guidance for projects to improve clinical quality and financial success for the ACO and its participating partners. DVACO is a limited liability joint venture corporation comprised primarily of two major health systems: Jefferson Health and Main Line Health, serving the Greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. DVACO was accepted into the Medicare Shared Savings Program for the 2014 start year, and now includes 2,000 physicians serving over 180,000 lives. DVACO contracts with four commercial payers and serves Medicare beneficiaries, making it the region’s largest Accountable Care Organization. At the core of operations, DVACO is committed to working towards the achievement of the triple aim: better outcomes, better experiences, and smarter spending. Our culture embraces innovation of healthcare delivery models through collaborative work with physician practices, health systems and employee wellness programs. If you are currently a graduate student in a MS, MBA, or MPH program with a focus...