One of the well-attended panel sessions at the Fall 2019 meeting of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) was called “Mastering Chaos: Achieving High Quality of Care in Multi-TIN/Multi-EHR ACOs.” Like the expert panelists at the Washington, D.C., conference, Tom Boggs, president of Bridges Health Partners, knows a thing or two about overcoming the complexity involved in building an ACO infrastructure around four health systems and 20 different EHRs.
Bridges Health Partners achieved nearly $8 million in savings in its first performance year in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Track 1+, which includes both upside and downside risk through potential shared savings and losses. Historically, only 15 to 20 percent of MSSP ACOs have performed well enough to earn shared savings in the first year. In 2018, only 37 percent of all ACOs were eligible to earn shared savings. So what was the key to their success?