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January 12, 2016
Next Generation ACO Model sets stronger measures and more opportunities for care

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 12, 2016) – WakeMed Key Community Care (WKCC) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) to participate in a new accountable care organization (ACO) model called the Next Generation ACO Model (NGACO Model), which began on January 1, 2016.

Through the NGACO Model, CMS will partner with WKCC and other ACOs experienced in coordinating care and rewarding value over volume for Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries (beneficiaries) and whose provider groups are ready to assume higher levels of financial risk and reward.

“We are proud to be selected by CMS to participate in the first cohort of Next Generation ACOs, said Brian Klausner, MD, medical director of WKCC. “The Next Generation Model is the next step in how WKCC will provide the Triangle community with high quality, coordinated services for the best value.”

The Next Generation ACO Model is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to alternative payment models, such as ACOs, by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018. Alternative payment models pay providers based on the quality rather than the quantity of care they provide.

“We look forward to working with our newly selected Next Generation ACO model participants to move our health care system toward one that delivers better care, smarter spending and healthier people,” said Patrick Conway, deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality and chief medical officer for CMS.

The 21 ACOs participating in the NGACO Model in 2016 have significant experience coordinating care for populations of patients through initiatives. These organizations were selected through an open and competitive process from a large applicant pool that included many qualified organizations.

For more information on the Next Generation ACO Model, please visit the Next Generation ACO Model web page.

About WakeMed Key Community Care
WakeMed Key Community Care is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) established to enhance the quality and coordination of health care, and reduce the costs of care by providing more value for beneficiaries. ACOs enable medical providers to work closer together to create healthier communities and help individuals in the Triangle-area patients coordinate their health more effectively. A collaboration between WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Key Physicians, WakeMed Key Community Care brings together a network of more than 370 primary care providers with a leading health system and an additional 750 specialty care providers. The partnership is designed to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time at the right level, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. It is a limited liability company in which WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Key Physicians are members. For more information, visit www.wakemedkeycc.org.

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