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— Eight Michi­gan physi­cian groups have part­nered with the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Health Sys­tem to form an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion. The ACO, known as Physi­cian Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Michi­gan ACO, or POM ACO, was one of 106 new ACO con­tracts an­nounced by the CMS on Jan. 10, as part of the agency’s Medi­care Shared Sav­ings Pro­gram. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials lead­ing POM ACO, the ini­tia­tive will build on the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Health Sys­tem’s ex­pe­ri­ence with ACOs. UMHS took part in a CMS demon­stra­tion project that launched in 2005 and served as a model for its ACO pro­gram. UMHS is also in its sec­ond year of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the CMS’ Pioneer ACO Model pro­gram. “This is part of our statewide mis­sion, and our goal of us­ing our knowl­edge to im­prove care through new prac­tices, poli­cies and part­ner­ships,” Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for med­i­cal af­fairs at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan and CEO of UMHS, said in a news re­lease. “Ad­di­tion­ally, it builds on sev­eral years of our ex­pe­ri­ence and demon­strated success de­vel­op­ing ACO models.” The eight other par­tic­i­pat­ing groups, lo­cated across the state’s Lower Penin­sula, in­clude Lakeshore Health Net­work, Muskegon; Craw­ford Mercy Physi­cian Hospi­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Cadil­lac; and United Physi­cians, Bing­ham Farms. POM ACO will com­prise more than 1,800 physi­cians who care for roughly 81,000 pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to UMHS.

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