Physician-led Federation ACO saves Medicare $36.5M in Medicare Shared Savings Program and generates $17.4M in shared savings revenue

Kalamazoo, Michigan – (Oct 1, 2019)

Affirmant Health Partners’ Federation ACO earned $17.4 million in shared savings from the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday. The 2018 performance year was the Federation ACO’s second year in the Medical Shared Savings Program. Over these two years of program participation, the Federation ACO has saved Medicare over $51 million, earned $25 million in shared savings, and received quality scores over 97%. The Michigan-based Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was ninth in the nation in earnings out of 548 participating ACOs. Savings earned will be shared with Affirmant’s local clinically integrated networks and physicians affiliated with the ACO– Bronson Healthcare, Covenant HealthCare, Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Sparrow Health System, and Spectrum Health Lakeland. Medicare ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare 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 healthcare dollars – it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare. “These accelerated results are not only a reflection of our ability to reduce unnecessary care, but also of our ability to deliver quality care to our patients,” said William J. Mayer, M.D., M.P.H., President and Chief Executive Officer of Affirmant Health Partners. “Our success speaks to the power of collaboration among physicians and leading health systems to achieve healthier patients and communities at an affordable cost.”

The Federation ACO is owned and managed by Affirmant Health Partners—a clinically integrated network of over 5,000 physicians across Michigan’s lower peninsula. Affirmant is a physician-led organization focused on collaborating with patients, colleagues and community partners to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Six leading health systems and their affiliated physicians make Affirmant one of the largest super clinically integrated networks in the state of Michigan. These leading health systems are: Bronson Healthcare (Kalamazoo), Covenant HealthCare (Saginaw), Henry Ford Health System (Detroit and Jackson), MidMichigan Health (Midland), Sparrow Health System (Lansing), and Spectrum Health Lakeland (St. Joseph).

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