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Accountable Care Accountable to You

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014

Doylestown Hospital is now part of a regional Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Doylestown Hospital is accountable for the services we provide to the community. It's a responsibility we've shouldered for over 90 years. Beginning next year, we'll become even more accountable to our patients who have traditional Medicare coverage.

Doylestown Hospital and our primary care physicians have joined an accountable care organization (ACO). ACOs are a new way for hospitals and physicians to work together to give coordinated, high-quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while improving communication between the hospital and community physicians for better transitions of care.

In Doylestown Hospital's case, we've joined the Delaware Valley ACO along with several other high-performing health systems. The Delaware Valley ACO is a type of Medicare Shared Savings Program. The program is designed to both improve care and save Medicare (and taxpayers) money. If the ACO is successful, Medicare will share some of the savings with hospitals and physicians.

"Delaware Valley ACO gives Doylestown Hospital and our primary care physicians the opportunity to collaborate with other elite health systems," said Jim Brexler, President and CEO. "The ACO framework complements the work we are already doing within the Doylestown medical community to sharpen our focus on clinical integration, a key goal of our strategic vision for the future."

In addition to better care coordination, the best part of the Delaware Valley ACO is that Medicare patients do not have to sign up or change coverage. We're the ones who are accountable – to you.

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