New Medicare Option Available to Michigan, Ohio Physicians

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A regional network of 40 physician organizations across Michigan and Ohio is offering a new Medicare shared savings program for physicians in the two states beginning in January.

“The Consortium of Independent Physician Association’s ACO (Accountable Care Organization) will help doctors collaborate with other health care providers to deliver high quality care to their Medicare patients,” says Paul MacLellan, CEO of Medical Advantage Group, which will provide administrative, clinical, and technical support to members of the new program.

Members of the program also will be provided with management and coordination of all interactions required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare patient analysis; risk management; analytic reports for doctors; staff resources and training; and more.

“To be successful in the current health care market, physicians need to be open to change,” says Robert Jackson, medical director for the association. “That is, to embrace and implement clinical integration, population health management, and aligned reimbursement models as available within an ACO.”

Established in 2005, the Consortium of Independent Physician Association represents 1,200 physicians in 550 practices dedicated to independent medicine.

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