Medicare recipients to get more coordinated care

Four doctor groups across Maryland have been chosen by the federal Department of Health and Human Services for a program that aims to cut health costs and better coordinate care for Medicare recipients.

The program named 89 new groups in 40 states to become Accountable Care Organizations under the federal health care reform law. That brings the total already signed up for the voluntary program to 154, according to federal health officials.

The groups share in savings realized through the more coordinated care. Officials estimate the total savings to the federal Medicare program could be up to $940 million over four years.

There are 33 quality measures developed for the organizations related to care coordination, patient safety, preventive health services, patient experience and care for at-risk populations.

In Maryland, the doctor groups include: Accountable Care Coalition of Maryland LLC, located in Hollywood with 109 physicians; Greater Baltimore Health Alliance Physicians LLC, affiliated with Greater Baltimore Medical Center with 399 physicians; Maryland Accountable Care Organization of Eastern Shore LLC with 15 physicians; and Maryland Accountable Care Organization of Western MD LLC with 23 physicians.

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