Connected Care of Southeastern Massachusetts Awarded Next Generation ACO Status by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Next Generation ACO Model offers benefits for providers and patients with opportunities for improved care coordination and innovative health care delivery

South Weymouth, Mass., (February XX, 2018) – Connected Care of Southeastern Massachusetts (Connected Care) has been named by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 17 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that will participate in the Next Generation ACO Model beginning January 1, 2018. Connected Care is a provider-led ACO established by South Shore Health System in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Harbor Medical Associates and Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Associates. As a Next Generation ACO, Connected Care will work closely with CMS to improve outcomes and lower costs for Medicare patients.

“We are honored to be selected for this innovative program which will give our providers additional tools and resources to deliver more closely coordinated care for our Medicare patients,” said Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, President & CEO of South Shore Health System and Board Chairman for Connected Care.

Connected Care includes more than 500 primary care providers and specialists that will service more than 21,000 Medicare beneficiaries throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

ACOs are made up of groups of doctors, hospitals, continuing care providers, and other medical professionals that voluntarily come together to deliver high-quality coordinated patient care and share information, putting the patient at the center of the health care delivery system.

“Our patients will benefit from services such as telehealth visits, easier access to skilled nursing facilities, regular visits with care advisors for those with complex health issues, and home visits after a hospital stay,” says Dr. Green. “It will allow us to truly provide the right care, at the right time, in the right location.”

Next Generation ACOs build on the success of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Pioneer ACO models, helping to ensure that providers work together to achieve the highest quality of care for their patients. The model also offers Medicare beneficiaries services that are not available under the traditional Medicare Program.

For more information or to find a provider participating in Connected Care, visit: ConnectedCareSEMA.org

About Connected Care of Southeastern Massachusetts

Connected Care of Southeastern Massachusetts is a provider-led and governed accountable care organization with more than 500 providers who provide a broad range of services to Medicare patients across Southeastern Massachusetts. Connected Care was established by South Shore Health System in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Harbor Medical Associates and Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Associates. These organizations came together to form Connected Care in order to further improve the health of the communities we serve and to put us at the forefront of health and health care delivery in Massachusetts and across the country. For more information, visit ConnectedCareSEMA.org.