Three NJ Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations begin operations
Will deliver community-based, coordinated care for Medicaid recipients in Camden, Newark and Trenton
The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, along with the Trenton Health Team and the Healthy Greater Newark ACO – a sister organization to the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, was certified this month by the state of New Jersey to form a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
The three-year demonstration project will serve as a national model for collaboration among competing institutions in underserved communities, bringing together a broad spectrum of providers under the common cause of better, more coordinated care at lower cost.
“They will learn what works, modify or discard what doesn’t and ultimately spread the improved model,” said Joan Randell, CEO of The Nicholson Foundation, which provided extensive support for the Medicaid ACOs
The New Jersey legislation, written in 2011 with help from the Coalition’s Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, among many others, allows providers serving Medicaid beneficiaries — children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities — to collaborate under the ACO umbrella. The three New Jersey ACOs will bring together primary care and behavioral health providers, hospitals, city residents, and other organizations to improve health outcomes, quality, and access to care through regional collaboration, while helping to slow health care cost growth.
“This is probably one of the greatest successes we’ve had in the past five years,” said Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, who championed the law in the state’s Assembly. “When you can help someone achieve a vision, and watch that vision come to fruition, it is a remarkable opportunity for those of us who serve in government.”
“I’m excited to see it implemented,” said Senator Joe Vitale, chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee and one of the chief architects of the legislation, “and to see the positive effects I know it will have on those that you’ll be serving.”
The Camden Coalition ACO commences July 1, 2015, covering over 37,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in the city.
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