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MetroHealth Received $4.3 Million for High-Quality, Cost-Effective Care of Seniors

(Cleveland) – MetroHealth’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) saved the federal government $6.7 million in 2018. Through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), MetroHealth received more than $4.3 million as its share of the savings.

MetroHealth’s ACO savings rate of 6.9% ranks in the top 10% nationally and best in the nation among Essential Hospitals, those with similar risk profiles.

Medicare ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who come together to provide coordinated care to their Medicare patients. The goal is to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set 31 quality measures, along with financial benchmarks, for MSSP ACOs. When an ACO achieves savings through improved care coordination and care that is appropriate, safe and timely while performing to quality targets, the ACO earns a share of the savings generated for Medicare. MetroHealth’s ACO quality score of 88.14% surpassed the market’s other health systems.

MetroHealth is the only MSSP ACO in the Greater Cleveland market to achieve shared savings for 2017 and 2018. Only 37% of the 548 MSSP ACOs across the U.S. achieved 2018 shared savings. MetroHealth’s ACO, caring for 9,000 Medicare Fee For Service beneficiaries, excelled in CMS’ most advanced value-based MSSP model, called Track 3, compared to the market and to other advanced ACOs across the U.S.

For three consecutive years, MetroHealth has earned Medicare shared savings totaling $14.1 million by saving CMS $24.3 million at an average of 8.3% per year.

This was due to unified efforts across The MetroHealth System to deliver outstanding care to patients and deliver population health results. “We are proud of our ACO accomplishing multi-year Medicare shared savings and grateful to the extraordinary MetroHealth care teams providing higher quality care with one of the best cost controls nationally,” said Dr. Nabil Chehade, Chief Population Health Officer and Senior Vice President of MetroHealth’s Population Health Innovation Institute.

MetroHealth’s MSSP ACO participation continues through 2019 and is in the process of renewing with CMS for future years.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.