MPAC Of Melbourne Chosen By CMS As ACO
By Space Coast Medicine & Active Living // August 7, 2012
Led By Dr. Gopal Gadodia and Brenda Radke, Brevard-Based MPAC Is One of Just 154 Accountable Care Organizations In America.
MELBOURNE • FLORIDA — Medical Practitioners For Affordable Care (MPAC) announced it has been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a multifaceted new program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
MPAC, based in Melbourne and comprised of 145 participating local physicians, is the only Brevard County and one of 10 Florida medical groups that have been officially designated by CMS as an ACO, which offers medical groups, hospitals and federally qualified health centers financial incentives for quality improvement and cost control.
MPAC Chief Operating Officer, Brenda Radke said, “We have engaged a very high quality, well motivated group of physicians who, through the Shared Savings Program, will work with CMS to provide Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with high quality patient-centered service and care, while reducing the growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination.”
CMS Approves 89 New ACOs–MPAC One of 10 In Florida
The CMS accountable care experiment, which is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and designed to significantly improve collaboration among providers, better coordinate and streamline care and create system efficiencies to hold down costs, more than doubled in size to a total of 116 programs with today’s announcement of the 89 newly designated ACOs.
That brings the total number of Medicare ACOs—including 32 Pioneer ACOs and six Physician Group Practice Transition Demonstration organizations—to 154.
Improved Patient-Centered Service And Care Combined With Cost Efficiencies
The total number of Florida physicians enrolled in CMS approved ACOs now numbers well over 1,000, which means that the ACO style of medical practice could now touch hundreds of thousands of Medicare patients in the state. The only other designated ACO in Central Florida other than MPAC is in the Orlando area.
“The Medicare ACO program opened for business in January, and already, more than 2.4 million beneficiaries are receiving care from providers participating in these important initiatives,” acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement (PDF).
“We are very pleased with today’s overall numbers,” added Jonathan Blum, the principal deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare, on a conference call with reporters.