Partners Teams Up with State for Better, More Affordable Medicaid Coverage
Partners is set to participate in an initiative to help improve care and reduce costs within Massachusetts’ Medicaid program. In March 2018, Partners will launch Partners HealthCare Choice as part of the new MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program, which aims to shift provider reimbursements from a fee-for-service model to an accountable care model.
Since December 2016, Partners has been one of six organizations participating in the MassHealth ACO pilot program, with the goal of providing more tailored and individualized care to MassHealth patients while reducing costs. Eric Weil, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Primary Care, Partners Center for Population Health, and lead of Partners’ MassHealth ACO pilot, says that the full-scale program will start to focus on “social determinants of health and other creative solutions to meet patients where they are, whether that is in the home, the community, or the emergency department.”
As a MassHealth ACO, Partners will provide coverage to more than 100,000 MassHealth patients across the Partners system. Dr. Weil says “Our providers look forward to the opportunity to innovate in how we deliver care to our Medicaid patients in the communities we serve.”