OSU Wexner Partners With CVS Accountable Care on ACO

Jan. 25, 2024
Focus will be on providing medical and social support services in transitions of care for ACO beneficiaries following hospitalizations

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is partnering with CVS Accountable Care to create an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries by Ohio State providers in central Ohio through an emphasis on preventive wellness and proactive treatment of chronic conditions. 

CVS Accountable Care, part of CVS Health, is a value-based risk enablement and management partner that was formed in 2023 as a result of bringing together Signify Health Value-based Care Solutions with the CVS Accountable Care Organization. The company  enables  more than 200 health systems and n60,000 clinicians in value-based care contracts across the nation, caring for over 1 million Medicare patients.

The new CVS ACO, a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Enhanced track ACO, expands the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s previous ACO work. The CVS ACO will combine resources from both organizations to provide more patients with care coordination and longitudinal care management to address both medical and social needs.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and CVS Accountable Care clinical care teams will focus initially on supporting the transition of care for all ACO beneficiaries following a hospitalization, providing medical and social support services for beneficiaries with higher risk of hospitalization or readmission, and strengthening comprehensive care management for all ACO patients. 

The idea is that patients will benefit from increased touch points from a clinical care team member, including education regarding complex medical conditions, assistance with scheduling follow-up visits, and access to community resources.

“As we prepare for the nationwide shift to having all Medicare beneficiaries in accountable care relationships by 2030, this collaboration with CVS Accountable Care is a natural progression of Ohio State’s work in this space that builds on our commitment to provide the very best care to every patient, every time,” said John Warner, M.D., CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and executive vice president at Ohio State, in a statement. “It’s important that we meet every patient where they are in their health care journey and take the next step in being accountable for our patients’ holistic health and improved outcomes.”

"We are combining care delivery capabilities and engaging our assets on behalf of patients, including those in Ohio who receive care from Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Together, we are focused on driving high-quality outcomes, promoting health equity, and bringing health care costs down,” said Mohamed Diab, M.D., M.B.A., president of CVS Accountable Care, in a statement. “The collaboration will immediately provide value to patients, physicians and care teams within the Ohio State family. We look forward to bringing complementary expertise, resources, and tools from across CVS Accountable Care to Ohio State patients and care providers.”

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