The MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization works with providers to improve the quality and lower the cost of care. So, what kind of success did providers and the ACO see in 2019? Julie and Mike discuss. Also, Amanda Powell, MD applies shared decision making to increasing colorectal cancer screening among diverse patients and Sarah Shepherd, MD compares her roles as ED clinician and improv actor.
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Episode 8 – December 2019: What’s the Point of an ACO, Anyway?
Julie and Mike get back to basics and discuss why accountable care organizations exist. Also, Kathryn Galbraith, MD talks about making the most of payer incentives and Janet Fowle, MD, encourages providers to volunteer at one of Maine’s most celebrated summer camps.
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Julie and Mike discuss new Medicare rules and procedure for ordering advanced imaging, Sanford primary care physician Shirley Frederick talks about her practice’s pilot to increase screening for early signs of dementia and Franklin Health Pediatrics provider Nicole Donahue introduces her practice’s efforts to directly address food insecurity among patients and families.
Episode 5 – September 2019: Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhardt, Dr. Doug Sawyer, Quality Measures
Julie and Mike respond to provider questions about the ACO’s quality measures, Elizabeth Eisenhardt discusses engaging residents in quality improvement and Doug Sawyer reflects on his role as volunteer cardiologist at the Greater Portland Health community clinic.
Episode 3 - July 2019: Dr. Kate Herlihy, Dr. Patty Cantlin, Where to Go for Care
Reducing ED utilization is the subject of two segments this month. In our Meaty Topic, Mike and Julie introduce the ACO’s Where to Go for Care infographic designed to help patients decide when they should go to the ED. In The Sizzle, Kate Herlihy reviews her successful initiative to reduce pediatric ED visits in western Maine. And, for a little variety, Julie takes us outside to visit Patty Cantlin’s patient garden at Maine Nephrology Associates. Have a suggestion for BACON? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 1 - May 2019: Dr. Rob Merrill and Dr. Dave Johnson, MSSP
Julie and Mike discuss the ACO's future with the Medicare Shared Savings Program and impact on providers. Dr. Rob Merrill reveals how he hit all the ACO quality targets in 2018 and Dr. Dave Johnson reports on his medical mission to rural India.