The recently released study notes results by Arizona Care Network.
The data in this report is based on the 110,000 physicians and 1,100 hospitals engaged in a value-based relationship with UnitedHealthcare, and the 15 million UnitedHealthcare members who sought care from those providers in 2017.
Among findings, ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) beat non-ACOs on 67% of the top quality measures. The top ACOs also had lower rates of emergency department use (13%), fewer inpatient admissions (8%) and more members getting breast cancer and colorectal screenings (5%), according to the report. In addition, physicians reaped $90 million in bonuses for quality compliance and identifying gaps in senior care.
Arizona Care Network reduced healthcare spend by millions of dollars in the two years since launching an ACO with UnitedHealthcare, and cut hospital stays by 25%. The ACO also saw a 30% uptick in UnitedHealthcare patients due to enhanced care coordination, the report says.
Sam Ho, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare, said in a statement:
Value-based care is creating a platform for positive change throughout the health care system. Patients get more consistent, quality care that is better coordinated and easier to navigate; health plans and care providers are working together on behalf of patients in new ways; and physicians are being rewarded for placing value and quality over volume.
Read the 15 page report “Value-based Care Report February 2018”