Lehigh Valley Health Network Accountable Care Organization, LLC (LVHN ACO) is a limited liability corporation formed in 2014 as a subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Inc. (LVHN) for the purpose of participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).
The ACO is comprised of the following primary not-for-profit entities:
- Allentown Radiation Oncology Associates, P.C.
- Colon Rectal Surgery Associates, P.C.
- Eastern Pennsylvania Gastroenterology and Liver Specialists, P.C.
- International Healing Ministries (Woodlands Healing Research Center)
- James C. Wasson, MD, P.C.
- Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inc. (LVH-CC)
- Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG)
- Medical Associates of the Lehigh Valley (MATLV)
- Northwestern Medical Center, P.C.
- NU House Calls
The ACO providers and facilities serve the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, including Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon and surrounding counties. The region, with a combined population of over 800,000 people living in urban, suburban, and rural communities in east-central Pennsylvania, is the fastest-growing and third most populous region of Pennsylvania.
LVHN ACO’s Mission and Vision
Mission statement: To improve the health of the populations and communities it serves.
Vision statement: To create a health system that delivers patient-centered, high-value care and support individuals and groups in the achievement of better health.
What is an Accountable Care Organization?
An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers working together with Medicare to provide high-quality, coordinated care. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure patients get the right care at the right time and to reduce duplication of services. When high-quality care is delivered, health care dollars are spent more wisely and money can be saved. If money is saved, the ACO may share in the savings it achieves.
How ACOs Were Formed
The Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (MSSP ACOs) were formed as a result of the Affordable Care Act which was signed into law in 2010. The goal is to promote accountability for the Medicare beneficiaries that are assigned to the ACO. This is done through care coordination, investing in infrastructure and redesigning care processes to provide high-quality and efficient care, and incenting higher-value care. The ACO brings groups of doctors and other health care professionals together to provide high-quality care for patients.