20 Medicare ACOs with the highest quality scores in 2014

The 353 Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations improved their performance for most quality measures in 2014, according to CMS.

The Pioneers increased average quality scores to 87.2 percent, up from 85.2 percent in 2013 and improved an average of 3.6 percent compared to 2013 on 28 of the 33 quality measures.

MSSP ACOs, on the other hand, showed improvement in 27 of 33 quality measures, especially in clinician-patient communication, patient ratings of physicians, tobacco screening and cessation, blood pressure screening and EHR use.

Here are the top 10 ACOs in each program who topped the list for highest overall quality scores. For more information on overall quality scores from CMS, click here.

Pioneer ACOs

1. Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners (Green Bay, Wis.) — 94.24 percent overall quality score

2. Beacon Health (Brewer, Maine) — 92.27 percent

3. Atrius Health (Newton, Mass.) — 91.40 percent

4. Mount Auborn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (Brighton, Mass.) — 91.36 percent

5. OSF HealthCare System ACO (Peoria, Ill.) — 90.26 percent

6. Franciscan Alliance (Indianapolis) — 89.65 percent

7. Partners HealthCare ACO (Needham, Mass.) — 88.85 percent

8. Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (Westwood, Mass.) — 87.89 percent

9. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Pioneer ACO (Lebanon, N.H.) — 87.62 percent

10. Trinity Pioneer ACO (Fort Dodge, Iowa) — 87.49 percent


Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs

1. ProHEALTH Accountable Care Medical Group (Lake Success, N.Y.) — 95.41 percent

2. Mosaic Life Care (St. Joseph, Mo.) — 95.11 percent

3. Coastal Medical (Providence, R.I.) — 94.58 percent

4. Primary Partners (Clermont, Fla.) — 94.38 percent

5. UW Health ACO (Madison, Wis.) — 94.34 percent

6. Cornerstone Health Care (High Point, N.C.) — 93.87 percent

7. SERPA-ACO (Crete, Neb.) — 93.57 percent

8. NH Accountable Care Partners (Concord, N.H.) — 93.57 percent

9. Beacon Health Partners (Westbury, N.Y.) — 93.54 percent

10. Mercy ACO (Des Moines, Iowa) — 93.27 percent


Note: First year participants receive "P4R" quality scores, meaning quality performance was based on complete and accurate reporting and are thus not included in this report.

Editor's note: This article was updated Aug. 31 at 3:05 pm CST to correct an error in the Pioneer ACOs listing. Beacon Health, based in Brewer, Maine, earned a 92.27 percent quality score in the Pioneer program. Westbury, N.Y.-based Beacon Health Partners is a Medicare Shared Savings ACO and earned a 93.54 percent quality score. We regret this error.

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