Innovative approach to Medicare patients by Three Maine health groups

A new model planned to better health and lower the costs of Medicare patients is to be taken up by three Maine health care organizations as per announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The three health  Plans systems have been accepted as “accountable care organizations,” or groups of providers responsible for managing every patient’s care.

The three health organizations in Maine are Maine Health Accountable Care Organization in Portland, Medicare Plans with 1,595 physicians, Central Maine ACO in Lewiston, which includes 566 physicians and Maine Community Accountable Care Organization LLC in Augusta, a federally qualified health center with 125 physicians.

The accountable care organization model was formed under the federal health reform law upheld in late June by the U.S. Supreme Court. Unlike the managed care model of the 1990s, accountable care organizations Medicare Advantage plans does not control which doctors or hospitals a patient may visit.

The three Maine accountable care organizations were among 89 chosen nationally to participate in the program for three years beginning July 1, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.

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