I was pleased to see Jim Landers’ story in the Dallas Morning News recently about the growth of population health management in North Texas. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are an increasingly common structure in which to provide population health management for Medicare and other patients. At Methodist Health System, we embraced ACOs early on, believing our future is not in “sick care,” but true “health care and illness prevention.”
In 2014, the Methodist Patient Centered ACO created by Methodist became the first Medicare Shared Savings program in North Texas to qualify for shared savings. We ranked in the top quartile nationally among those qualifying for quality performance. We kept our patients healthier, while saving taxpayers an estimated $25 million in the first two years of operations. This is proof quality, compassionate care does not have to be expensive.
We are eager to extend this high quality, high value model to more families. Starting January 1, all 9000 Methodist Health System employees and dependents covered by the Methodist United HealthCare health plan will become a part of the Methodist Alliance for Patients and Physicians (MAP2). This builds on an already robust employee wellness program that includes significant individualized coaching. Our MAP2 nurse navigators will work with them to identify health threats early, and ensure they’re connected with the right care, in the right place, and at the right time.
We’re also talking with local employers, sharing the good news that improving disease management and maintenance of health can also be good for the bottom line.
I applaud the commitment of our colleagues at both Texas Health Resources and Baylor Scott & White to the transformation of health care. At Methodist, we look forward to working with partners from across our community to improve and save lives throughout North Texas.
Update: August, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized Methodist Health System’s Patient-Centered Accountable Care Organization (ACO) as one of the top performing ACOs in the nation. Methodist Alliance for Patients and Physicians, MAP2, is the first ACO in North Texas to be awarded shared savings for three consecutive periods.
“Methodist is exceptionally proud of our Alliance of physicians and patients, working together to achieve the high quality outcomes that the Medicare Shared Savings Program demands,” says Melissa Gerdes, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Outpatient Services and ACO Strategy Methodist Health System. “At Methodist, quality patient care comes before all else. In 2014, we were the first ACO in North Texas to qualify for a shared savings distribution under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Now we are very proud to be the first ACO in North Texas to qualify for shared savings three years in a row.”
Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE
President and CEO
Methodist Health System
Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, is president and CEO of Methodist Health System, having assumed the role in 2006. Before joining Methodist, Dr. Mansfield served seven years as president and CEO of the five-hospital St. Vincent Health System based in Little Rock, Ark., and prior to that he held a variety of administrative positions within the Baptist Memorial Health Care System in Memphis, Tenn., for 23 years.
Under his guidance, Methodist Health System has doubled in size and experienced the most profitable years in its history. Methodist has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation's top health care performance improvement leaders, and it has earned honors from publications including Modern Healthcare, the Dallas Business Journal, and The Dallas Morning News as a leading employer and recognized as a Best Place to Work. In 2012, Modern Healthcare listed Methodist among the “40 Fastest Growing Healthcare Companies in America.”