Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Insights From the Model for ACOs: Q&A With Harold Dash of Everett Clinic on the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project

Harold Dash, MD, a cardiologist, is president of the Everett (Wash.) Clinic, a group practice with more than 300 physicians. Here Dr. Dash discusses Everett's participation in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project, the model for the accountable care organization, a new system that bundles charges for hospitals, physician and other providers.

Question: What was the goal of the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration?Harold

Dash: The goal was to lower costs and improve the quality of patient care. It involved 10 large physician groups across the country serving a total of 223,203 Medicare fee-for-service patients. Some of the practices are freestanding like Everett and some are integrated into health systems. The project lasted five years, ending this spring. Participants received the usual fee-for-service payments and then were eligible for cost performance payments and quality performance payments.


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