Recently, eight healthcare systems and three physician practices have joined forces with the Southern Michigan Rural Accountable Care Organization. This coalition of medical practices and hospital systems is designed to serve Medicare beneficiaries. The program has proven itself in urban areas, and it will now see if these accountable care organizations can thrive in rural populations, where the need for services is greater.
The hope for this new partnership is that it can improve the health of these and other recipients of Medicare while improving quality and lowering costs.
These findings were published on The Daily Reporter on March 19, 2016.