Care collaborative reduces Medicaid costs

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136237601 (1)A newly created Accountable Care Collaborative for Medicaid patients has reduced costs and hospital re-admissions significantly, says the organization that created it, the Community Health Partnership.

The partnership creates a client-centered approach to health care that is focused on delivering efficient, coordinated care to improve the overall health of clients.

So far, 47,000 people have been enrolled in the new collaborative, also known as Community Care of Central Colorado. The number of people enrolled in the new program is a “significant milestone,” said Carol Brue-Fritz, executive director of the partnership.

“The ACC program presents a perfect opportunity for collaboration among our local providers,” she said. “We believe there is tremendous value in keeping health care local, and we welcome the opportunity to create a health care delivery system that delivers high-quality, cost-effective care for those in our community who rely on Medicaid for their health care needs.”

The Community Health Partnership was chosen by Colorado to be the Regional Care Collaborative Organization for people in El Paso, Teller, Elbert and Park counties, as required under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. The act requires that health care agencies collaborate to increase quality while reducing costs.

The state audits the program and announced that the care collaborative has reduced avoided hospital re-admissions – one of the major goals of the ACA – by 38.5 percent and reduced high-cost imaging tests by 13.9 percent. Statewide, the accountable care  program reduced Medicaid expenses by $20 million and returned $3 million to state and federal taxpayers in 2011.