Funder: The Commonwealth Fund

February 11, 2016 |

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have become increasingly prevalent in state Medicaid programs. Eight states have launched such programs, and 10 more are currently developing their own Medicaid ACO models. These programs are designed to improve health care quality and control costs, and many states have reported promising results. Collectively, Medicaid ACOs now serve more than two million Medicaid enrollees and have saved an estimated $129.9 million while improving health care quality.       

This webinar explored key Medicaid ACO design considerations through the experiences of existing programs. The discussion featured perspectives from two different state ACO models: Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative program and Minnesota’s Integrated Health Partnership demonstration, both of which have achieved quality improvement and cost savings. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions regarding ACO program development and Medicaid ACO best practices.

State officials, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders joined this 90-minute webinar, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, to gain a better understanding of Medicaid ACO progress and what is on the horizon.


I. Introduction

Speakers: Tricia McGinnis, Vice President of Program, CHCS; and Pamela Riley, MD, Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund

T. McGinnis welcomed participants and invited P. Riley of The Commonwealth Fund to discuss the Medicaid ACO landscape and progress to date.

II. Overview of Medicaid ACO Design Considerations

Speaker: Rob Houston, Senior Program Officer, CHCS

Mr. Houston outlined key design considerations for constructing Medicaid ACO programs.

III. Panel Discussion: Insights from State ACO Models

Speakers: Heather Petermann, ‎Manager, Health Care Delivery & Payment Reform, Minnesota Department of Human Services; and Susan Mathieu, Accountable Care Collaborative Program Manager, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

H. Petermann and S. Mathieu each provided a brief overview of their respective state Medicaid ACO program. R. Houston then moderated a panel discussion focused on the key design decisions Colorado and Minnesota made to formulate their programs. Participants asked questions of the panelists.