Florida Adds 5 New Medicare ACOs

Dec 24, 2014

A program that rewards or punishes health care providers for providing better, cheaper care is expanding. The federal government announced 89 new organizations this week, including five in Florida.

Credit www.healthcare.gov

Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are groups of doctors and hospitals which agree to coordinate care for Medicare patients.

If they save money, the ACOs then split the savings with the federal government.

  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week announced 89 new ACOs. That brings the total to 424 across the U.S.

Nearly 8 million seniors get care from ACOs now, and the program has saved the federal government $417 million since 2012, CMS said.

Check here for a list of all 89 new ACOs, and see below for a listing of the new Florida ACOs:

BayCare Physician Partners ACO, LLCService Area: Florida, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties.ACO Executive: Dr. Bruce FlareauContact: (727) 519-1252; bruce.flareau@baycare.orgNumber served: More than 40,000 Holy Cross Physician Partners ACO LLCService Area: FloridaACO Executive: Kenneth HomerContact: (954) 351-5984; kenneth.homer@holy-cross.com Orange Accountable Care of New YorkService Area: Florida, New Jersey, New YorkACO Executive: Ms. Lissette ExpositoContact: (305) 992-4338; lexposito@orangeacosfl.com USMM ACCOUNTABLE CARE PARTNERS LLCService Area: Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, WisconsinACO Executive: Mr. David BermanContact: (248) 824-6399; dberman@usmmllc.com Physicians ACO LLCService Area: FloridaACO Executive: Mr. Louis MorgenierContact: (561) 346-7796; Lmorgenier@healthcaredevelopment.com -- Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya is part of WMFE in Orlando. Contact him at (407) 273-2300 x 183, on Twitter @AbeAboraya, or email at aaboraya@wmfe.org. Health News Florida receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.