The Toledo Clinic-St. Luke’s Medicare Partnership
Achieves High Quality Results for 2nd Straight Year
The Northwest Ohio Accountable Care Organization (NWO-ACO), a partnership between The Toledo Clinic, St. Luke’s WellCare, and independent community physicians, was recognized for the second straight year for excellence in quality and medical savings.
In its first year the partnership
was among the top ranked ACOs in the Great Lakes region. In its second year of operation in 2017, the NWO-ACO
built on its past success and was able to improve on its continued reduction of
medical costs, as well as achieving an overall quality score of 93.49%. Notably, the NWO-ACO was the only ACO in the
region, and one of two in the State of Ohio to meet and exceed Medicare’s expected
threshold of cost savings and quality.
An “ACO” is a formal method designed by Health & Human Services (HHS) for doctors and hospitals to work together and be incentivized to raise quality and lower the cost of care.
“We’re extremely proud to be the only ACO in the region to achieve this status,” stated Henry Naddaf, MD; President of The Toledo Clinic. “The criteria for quality and cost savings were tightened between 2016 and 2017, and our ability to continue to excel is a testament to the skill and hard work of everyone involved in the NWO-ACO.”
Dan Wakeman, President & CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital was also pleased with the results. “We are thrilled to repeat the success we experienced in our inaugural year. In fact, 14 of the 15 quality metrics reported by the ACO improved in 2017.”