Mission / Vision / Goals

Mission

Our mission is to collaboratively facilitate implementation of innovative healthcare models supporting quality, cost-effectiveness, and health promotion for the improvement of the well-being of community health systems.

Vision

The vision of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium is to be the national leader of the transformation of community healthcare systems from fee-based to value-based care by creating an affordable, replicable framework that results in improved health for our communities, at the lowest possible cost, and strengthens and preserves local access to care.

We are working toward these goals by forming a national network of community healthcare providers that benefit collectively from the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Members of the network will achieve savings through care coordination and healthcare technologies. By strategically using technology, process improvement, patient engagement, and informatics, we can improve access, reduce costs, and prepare the community health system for new reimbursement models based on wellness and health.

Goals

Improve the Quality of Life and Reduce the Cost of Healthcare in your Community
Under this program you will begin a transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system. This transition will prepare your health system for future payment models, increase local market share, and increase patient and provider satisfaction.

Create Economically Sustainable Health Systems
We expand upon the “Three Part Aim” goal by also supporting the economic viability and sustainability of the rural health safety net. Your health system may want to reduce costs at either a faster or slower rate, depending on your goals and the need to adjust staffing and budgets as you transition into a managed, population health-based reimbursement model. As a member of the National Rural ACO, you are in the driver’s seat and control the rate of change. We carefully monitor your cost and utilization data, so that the health system and providers are fully supported during the transition. 

Improve Clinician Satisfaction
Today’s healthcare providers are overwhelmed with rapid and demanding changes in healthcare. Our program supports their high-risk, complex patients; encourages the use of ancillary staff and automation to decrease the burden of quality reporting; and positions them for maximum reimbursement and bonuses under the Physician Quality Reporting System, Meaningful Use, and Value-Based Modifiers.

 

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From Our Members

Being part of Medicare's Shared Savings Program has helped our team focus much more on wellness and prevention. This focus has changed the conversation we have with patients, physicians and the community. We now feel we are much more a part of the improvement of the healthcare system.
–Tim Putnam, DHA, FACHE
CEO, Margaret Mary Health