HCA Informs Members on Pioneer ACO and Independence at Home Programs

The Home Care Alliance held a well-attended conference call to inform members about two major programs recently announced by CMS:

First, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the first 32 organizations in 18 states that will participate in the new Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative. This program is operated by the CMS Innovation Center under Section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act. Selected Pioneer ACOs include “physician-led organizations and health systems, urban and rural organizations, and organizations in various geographic regions of the country.” Five of those organizations are in Massachusetts:

  • Atrius Health Services
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization
  • Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA)
  • Partners Healthcare
  • Steward Health Care System

This Pioneer ACO Presentation was given by HCA Executive Director Pat Kelleher on the call and explains some of the points that home care agencies should be aware of as the initiative moves forward.

The CMS Center for Innovation also has a site full of resources on Pioneer ACO’s including FAQ’s and brief summaries of the selected ACO’s.

WBUR’s CommonHealth Blog had a feature on Pioneer ACO’s and asked each of the five accepted systems in Massachusetts what the program will mean for patients.

The second program announced was a solicitation for the new Independence at Home Demonstration Program (IAH), which aims to test a service delivery model that utilizes physician and nurse practitioner-directed primary care teams to provide services to certain Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic illnesses in their homes.

HCA also gave this presentation on the Independence at Home Demonstration on the conference call for members to explain that home care agencies can be a major partner to physician practices, despite the fact that the program is directed by a physician or nurse practitioner-led practice with experience in making home visits.

The IAH Demonstration’s webpage also has FAQ’s as well as the solicitation and application.

The Alliance will pass along any more information as it becomes available.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.


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