Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system and operator of one of the country’s more successful Accountable Care Organizations (Atlantic Accountable Care Organization), recently joined ACO operators, experts and national health care leaders at the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) Spring 2019 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The conference examined the role of ACOs in connecting “value-based care, population health, care coordination, innovation, transformation and collaborations among Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payers.” Atlantic Health System provided national thought-leadership, through panel discussions led in part by Atlantic Health System executives Brian Gragnolati, President & CEO, Atlantic Health System and Chairman, American Hospital Association; Thomas Kloos, MD, vice president, AHS, President, Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and vice chair, NAACOS Board of Directors; and Kevin Joyce, Vice President, Insurance Networks, Business Advisory Services Atlantic Health System.

Atlantic ACO was created to reduce the growth of health care costs and improve quality of care through cooperation and coordination amongst providers. Made up of more than 1,700 physician participants affiliated with Atlantic Health System, Atlantic ACO has been named one of Becker’s “100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know,” and has achieved tens of millions of dollars in shared savings.

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"I am very encouraged by the work that has gone on with Atlantic ACO and I want to make sure we lean into these kinds of experiments," said Gragnolati. "This will lead to the change from fee-for-service to value-based care and I think NAACOS is essential to keeping the momentum going."

Determined to create an environment for advocacy and shared learning, many of more than 330 ACOs with more than 5 million lives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia formed NAACOS. Its mission is to foster growth of ACO models of care; participate with federal agencies in development and implementation of public policy; provide industry-wide uniformity on quality and performance measures; educate members in clinical and operational best practices; collectively engage the vendor community and educate the public about the value of accountable care.

“Bringing together in discussion the Chair of the American Hospital Association, the Chair elect of the AMA (Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD - also in attendance) and the leadership of NAACOS are important steps in helping to transform our delivery system,” said Kloos.

 

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 16,800 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.

 

About NAACOS

The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization that allows Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to work together to increase quality of care, lower costs and improve the health of their communities. Determined to create an environment for advocacy and shared learning, more than 330 ACOs with more than 5 million lives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia formed NAACOS. 

NAACOS' mission is to: foster growth of ACO models of care; participate with federal agencies in development and implementation of public policy; provide industry-wide uniformity on quality and performance measures; educate members in clinical and operational best practices; collectively engage the vendor community, and educate the public about the value of accountable care.