The Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO) has been presented with an Innovation Award by the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) for post-acute strategy. The award recognizes accountable care organizations that develop innovative ways to help with every day struggles. Beth Souder, director, Post-Acute Network, DVACO, presented the strategy at NAACOS’ fall conference on October 4 in Washington, DC.
“We were proud to receive this award which recognized our use of data to develop post-acute strategy and ultimately improve outcomes for our patients,” said Souder.
A large percentage of patient care occurs in post-acute environments such as nursing facilities, home health and hospice and outpatient rehab therapy. The care provided in these environments demonstrates high variability in both quality and cost outcomes. The DVACO developed methods to measure both quality and cost outcomes (value) in post-acute care, and then defined high-value partners and effective strategies, which is a critical factor to success for any population health/value-based care endeavor.
Katherine Schneider, MD, president, DVACO added, “We are honored to have been recognized by NAACOS for the broad and deep changes implemented by our physicians and hospitals, supported by data, that over the past four years have improved quality and safety while reducing the total cost of skilled nursing facility spending by 25% in our Medicare population. We are excited to continue to strengthen these collaborations as more and more emphasis is placed on excellent care coordination across the continuum and the community.”
The NAACOS allows ACOs to work together to increase quality of care, lower costs and improve the health of their communities. Determined to create an environment for advocacy and shared learning, more than 360 ACOs with more than 5 million lives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia formed NAACOS.