Florida Association of Accountable Care Organizations (FLAACOs) Holds First Member Meeting

Jacksonville, FL, July 21, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The founding members of the Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs) recently held its first official all members meeting in Orlando at an event sponsored by eClinicalWorks. According to Nicole Bradberry, the organization’s chief executive officer, the meeting gave the ACOs a chance to share best practices. “We’re all visionaries in creating more coordinated patient care that leads to higher quality and lower costs,” she said. “Having the opportunity to share experiences was invaluable to all who attended.”

Kelly Conroy, the executive director of both the Palm Beach ACO and the South Florida ACO, echoed those sentiments saying, “ACOs are setting the tone for health care in the future. Delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time will be the standard as we all work together with the help of FLAACOs to find the best and most efficient methods in all areas of medicine.”

In addition to presentations from eClinicalWorks, the meeting included welcome and wrap-up by Nicole Bradberry and talks from Brenda Radke with Brevard Physicians Network, about patient engagement; Gino Tenace, chief strategy officer for MedSolutions (Greater Nashville Area), who addressed medical costs; Kelly Conroy, PBACO, who spoke about shared savings; Sheila Fuse, Primary Partners, who talked about gPro Reporting; and Mike Segal, a partner and health law attorney with Broad and Cassel, regarding waivers.

The founding members of the organization include: Orange Accountable Care Jacksonville, Northeast Florida), American Health Alliance (Ocala & The Villages, Central Florida), Medical Practitioners for Affordable Care (Melbourne, Brevard County), Nature Coast ACO (Beverly Hills, FL, Citrus County), Collaborative Care of Florida (Orlando Area), Physicians Collaborative Trust ACO (Maitland, Central Florida), ProCare Med (Fort Myers, Southwest Florida). Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization (Palm Beach, FL Area), South Florida Accountable Care Organization (Miami-Dade and Broward Counties) Primary Partners (Clermont, Lake County), Primary Partners ACIP (Clermont, Lake County), BAROMA Health Partners (OTC, BRMA) (Miami, FL), and Diagnostic Clinic Walgreens Well Network (Tampa-based, Florida Statewide).

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services paved the way for ACOs with the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). As of May 2013, 220 MSSP ACOs and 32 32 Pioneer ACOs were serving 4.1 million assigned beneficiaries in 47 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

“FLAACOs will create a community to provide a voice for the ACO marketplace and its participating physicians,” said Bradberry, who also serves as president Orange Health Solutions, which fully manages two ACOs in North and Central Florida and provides services to others. “Our goal, with this association, is to provide advocacy and support to all Florida ACOs so they can become the health-care models of the future.”

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