February 2017 
MACRA: In Focus
2017 MIPS Quality Measure Benchmark Scoring

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released details on scoring for the 2017 MIPS Quality Performance Category through their Quality Payment Program website

In This Issue
How We're Doing
MaineHealth ACO Website Now Includes Quality and Patient Experience Results

This month, we're pleased to launch a new initiative to increase the transparency of our ACO's quality and patient experience performance. 
WHAT'S HOT: Important Updates  

The latest from payers, plus important news about antidepressant medication, pediatric oral health, H. pylori testing, and more. 

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FAST FIVE: ACO Spotlight
Meet Dr. Kate HerlihyMedical Director of Pediatrics and Medical Staff President at Western Maine Health 

Each month, we ask an individual connected with the ACO five quick questions about their life and their work. This month we had a chance to catch up with Dr. Kate Herlihy.

MaineHealth ACO Strategic Priorities
After a comprehensive process that included stakeholder interviews and many hours of facilitated discussion among board members and the management team, the MaineHealth ACO has completed a three-year strategic plan that defines a clear path toward becoming a nationally recognized network of providers delivering high-quality, affordable care.   

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Progress and Shared Success from the ACO

ACO Participants Made Significant Quality Gains in 2016
Our most recent ACO Quality Heat Map reveals that in 2016, MaineHealth ACO participants met the goal for eight out of nine key quality measures reported network-wide and closed thousands of quality measure gaps.

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Two Maine Agencies on Aging Awarded over $1M in Federal Grant Funding
The MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization is pleased to announce that Spectrum Generations and the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) have recently been awarded $636,500 and $478,779 (respectively) in grant funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living. 

Helpful Resources and Links to Keep You Informed

Join us to learn more about the MaineHealth ACO Financial Distribution Model
The MaineHealth ACO recently distributed 2015 shared savings and withhold amounts to eligible participating practices.  These payments are specific to the ACO's Aetna Whole Health and MaineHealth/Anthem value-based agreements. 

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