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ACO Name and Location:
Carolinas HealthCare System ACO, LLC
Previous Names: N/A
1000 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

ACO Primary Contact:
Marque Macon, AVP, Network & Business Development
704-446-3116
Marque.Macon@AtriumHealth.org

Organizational Information:

ACO Participants

ACO Participant in Joint Venture (Enter Y or N)

AHSNF, Inc.

N

Arboretum Urgent Care Center

N

Aswad Surgical Group, PC

N

Barnett Family Practice

N

Blue Ridge Healthcare Medical Group, Inc.

N

Bradford K Faulkenberry M.D.

N

Cabarrus Gastroenterology Associates Pllc

N

Cabarrus Pathology Associates, P.A.

N

Carmel Family Physicians

N

Carolina Bone & Joint, P.A.

N

Carolinas Ambulatory Surgery, Inc

N

Carolinas Emergency Physicians, P.A.

N

Carolinas Imaging Services, LLC

N

Charlotte Medical Center

N

Carolinas Medical Center at Home, LLC

N

Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Network, Inc.

N

Carolinas Pathology Group, Pa

N

Carolinas Physicians Network Inc.

N

Carolinas Physicians Network Inc. Eastover Obstetrics and Gynecology

N

Carolinas Rehabilitation

N

Carolinas-Anson Healthcare, Inc.

N

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

N

Charlotte Medical Clinic, Inc.

N

Charlotte Obstetric and Gynecological Associates

N

Charlotte Radiology, P.A.

N

Christopherson Family Medicine, LLC

N

Cleveland Ambulatory Services, LLC

N

Columbus Regional Health Network

N

Cornerstone Ear Nose & Throat, P.A.

N

Cotswold Family Medicine

N

Davidson Clinic

N

East Carolina Surgical, P.A.

N

Eastland Urgent Care

N

Eastover University Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates

N

Eastridge Family Medicine

N

ENT Carolina, P.A.

N

Emergency Medicine Physicians of Mecklenburg County, PLLC.

N

Harrisburg Family Physicians

N

Hospice of Cabarrus County, Inc.

N

Lakemont Family Medicine

N

Lincoln Family Practice

N

Mecklenburg Medical Group

N

Medical Associates of Rock Hill

N

Mercy Hospital, Inc.

N

Northcross Family Physicians

N

Northcross Obstetric And Gynecologic Associates

N

Northeast Anesthesia & Pain Specialists, P.A.

N

OrthoCarolina, P.A.

N

Paragon Surgical Specialists, P.A.

N

Piedmont Gynecological and Obstetrical Associates

N

Pulmonary Clinic of The Carolinas, P.C.

N

Queen City Ear, Nose and Throat PLLC

N

Randolph Internal Medicine Associates

N

Riverbend Family Physicians

N

Sandra Lee McCormack

N

Scotland Regional Health Network

N

Scotland Memorial Hospital Inc.

N

Shiland Family Medicine

N

South Charlotte Primary Care

N

Southeast Radiation Oncology Group, P.A.

N

Steele Creek Urgent Care

N

St. Luke's Physician Network, Inc.

N

St. Luke's Hospital, Inc.

N

Surgical Specialists of Charlotte, P.A.

N

The Medical Center of Central Georgia Inc

N

Urology Specialists of The Carolinas

N

West Primary Care, Inc.

N


ACO Governing Body:

Member

 

 

 

Member Last Name

Member First Name

Member Title/Position

Member’s Voting Power - Expressed as  a percentage or number

Membership Type

ACO Participant Legal Business Name and D/B/A, if applicable

Krystopolski

Ruth

Co-Chair

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Brady, MD

Jennifer

Co-Chair

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Collins, MD

Johnathon

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Fox, MD

Suzanna

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

MERCY HOSPITAL, INC.

Terry

Jennifer

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

THE CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG HOSPITAL AUTHORITY

Kauserud, MD

Susanne

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Broyhill, DNP, ACNP-BC, NP

Brittany

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Rose, MD

Geoffrey

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Zbinden, MD

Louis

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

SURGICAL SPECIALISTS OF CHARLOTTE, P.A.

Mittl, MD

Robert

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CHARLOTTE RADIOLOGY, P.A.

Anderson

Matthew

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Senft, MD

Daniel

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

LINCOLN FAMILY PRACTICE

Little, MD

Gary

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Steinbacher, MD

Erika

Member

Voting Member (1)

ACO Participant Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Kersten, MD

Brian

Member

Voting Member (1)

Medicare Beneficiary Representative

CAROLINAS PHYSICIAN NETWORK, INC.

Sheppard

Ellen

Member

Voting Member (1)

Medicare Beneficiary Representative

N/A

Still open   Member

 
Voting   Member (1) Community Stakeholder N/A

 

Key ACO clinical and administrative leadership:

ACO Executive: Ruth Krystopolski
Medical Director:
Brian Kersten, M.D
Compliance Officer:
Valerie Cloud
Quality Assurance/Improvement Officer:
John Schooley


Associated committees and committee leadership:

Committee Name

Committee Leader Name and Position

Network Development Committee

Marque Macon, Chair

Clinical Effectiveness Committee

Zeev Neuwirth, MD, Co-Chair
Louis Zbinden, MD, Co-Chair

Finance Committee

Robert Mittl, MD, Co-Chair
Daniel Senft, MD, Co-Chair

Operations Committee

Garry Little, MD, Chair

Nominating Committee

Jennifer H. Brady, MD, Co-Chair
Ruth Krystopolski, Co-Chair


Types of ACO participants, or combinations of participants, that formed the ACO:

  • ACO professionals in a group practice arrangement
  • Hospital employing ACO professionals
  • Network of individual practices of ACO professionals
  • Partnership or joint venture arrangement between hospitals and ACO professionals

Shared Savings and losses

Amount of shared savings/losses:

  • Second Agreement Period
    • Performance Year 2020, $0
  • First Agreement Period
    • Performance Year 2018, $0
Shared Savings Distribution

Second Agreement Period

  • Performance Year 2020
    • Proportion invested in infrastructure: N/A%
    • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources: N/A%
    • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants: N/A%

First Agreement Period

  • Performance Year 2018
    • Proportion invested in infrastructure: N/A%
    • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources: N/A%
    • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants: N/A%

Quality performance results


2020 Quality Performance Results

    ACO # Measure Name Rate ACO Mean
    [Enter quality measure number in the format ACO-X] [Enter quality measure name] [Enter quality measure performance rate in the format XX.XX] [Enter ACO mean performance rate in the format XX.XX]
    ACO-13 Screening for Future Fall Risk 94.97 84.97
    ACO-14 Influenza Immunization 78.31 76.03
    ACO-17 Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention 98.48 81.67
    ACO-18 Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up Plan 71.29 71.46
    ACO-19 Colorectal Cancer Screening 75.74 72.59
    ACO-20 Breast Cancer Screening 79.41 74.05
    ACO-42 Statin Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease 84.83 83.37
    ACO-27 Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control 12.26 14.70
    ACO-28 Controlling High Blood Pressure 77.54 72.57



“Please note, the ACO-40 Depression Remission at 12 months quality measure is not included in public reporting due to low sample size. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also waived the requirement for ACOs to field a CAHPS for ACOs survey for PY 2020 through the Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for Calendar Year 2021. Additionally, CMS reverted ACO-8 Risk-Standardized, All Condition Readmission and ACO-38 Risk-Standardized Acute Admission Rates for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions to pay-for-reporting, given the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE) on these measures.”

For Previous Years’ Financial and Quality Performance Results, Please Visit data.cms.gov

Payment rule waivers

No, our ACO does not use the SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver.

 

Fraud and Abuse Waivers

  • ACO Pre-Participation Waiver:

    The following information describes each arrangement for which our ACO seeks protection under the ACO Pre-Participation Waiver, including any material amendment or modification to a disclosed arrangement.

    [For each arrangement, provide the following information]:
    • Parties to the arrangement: N/A
    • Date of arrangement: N/A
    • Items, services, goods, or facility provided: N/A
    • Date and nature of any amendments to the arrangement, if applicable: N/A N/A
  • ACO Participation Waiver:

    The following information describes each arrangement for which our ACO seeks protection under the ACO Participation Waiver, including any material amendment or modification to a disclosed arrangement.

    [For each arrangement, provide the following information]:
    • Parties to the arrangement: N/A
    • Date of arrangement: N/A
    • Items, services, goods, or facility provided: N/A
    • Date and nature of any amendments to the arrangement, if applicable: N/A N/A

    Accountable Care Organization (ACO) & Medicare Shared Savings Program Frequently Asked Questions

    What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

 

An accountable care organization (ACO) is a group of doctors and other healthcare providers who agree to work together with Medicare to improve quality, cost, and coordination of care you receive in the healthcare setting.

    • An ACO does not change your Medicare benefits.
    • An ACO is not a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), managed care, or an insurance plan. An ACO can’t tell you which healthcare providers to see or hospital to visit, and can’t limit your Medicare benefits.
    • You still have the right to choose any hospital or doctor that accepts Medicare, at any time, even if that hospital or doctor isn’t a part of an ACO. Your doctor or healthcare provider may make recommendations, but it is always your choice on what doctors or hospitals you use.

    How do I know if my doctor participates in an ACO?

 

Doctors and healthcare providers that participate in an ACO must display a poster that notifies you of your doctor’s participation in an ACO.

For general information about ACOs, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

    How will an ACO help my doctor coordinate my care?

    • Your doctors will have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other healthcare providers.
    • Medicare will share certain health information with us about the care you receive from your doctors and other healthcare providers unless you ask Medicare not to share it. Medicare may also share your health information with other ACOs in which your doctors or healthcare providers participate.

    What can you expect if your doctor is in an ACO?

 

With an ACO you are the center of care, and your satisfaction is one of the goals. Over time, you may notice that:

    • You don’t have to fill out as many medical forms with the same information
    • The doctors and healthcare providers that you see all know what’s going on with your health because they communicate with each other
    • You don’t need to repeat medical tests because your results are shared among your doctors and healthcare providers

    What do you need to do?

    • If you want Medicare to share information about the healthcare you received with Atrium Health ACO, LLC or with other ACOs in which your doctors or healthcare providers participate, there's nothing more you need to do.
    • If you do not want Medicare to share your health care information, you need to call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and tell the representative that your doctor is part of an ACO and you don't want Medicare to share your health information. TTY user should call 1-877-486-2048.
    • If you change your mind in the future, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE and tell the representative what you have decided. We can't communicate with Medicare on your behalf.
    • Even if you decline to share your healthcare information, Medicare will still use your information for some purposes, like assessing the financial and quality of care performance of the providers participating in ACOs. Also, Medicare may share some of your healthcare information with ACOs when measuring the quality of care given by healthcare providers participating in those ACOs.

 

Public Website Disclaimer Statement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General have made available waivers of certain federal fraud and abuse laws in connection with the operation of accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that have entered into a participation agreement under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”).

Carolinas HealthCare System ACO, LLC (the “Company”) is an ACO participating in MSSP. The Company has entered into an agreement with CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (“CVS”) under which CVS will provide education, outreach and medication adherence support services for certain Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company.

The Company’s Board authorized the application of the Participation Waiver to the CVS Agreement on April 3, 2019. The Company’s Board, as the governing body of the Company, has made a bona fide determination that the CVS Agreement supports the goals of the Company and is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP as the services rendered by CVS are designed to help improve patient experience of care, improve population health by providing education and medication adherence support services, and reduce the costs of healthcare.

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