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Among 34 Pay-for-Performance Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations

The Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model is a novel value-based payment system developed through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center that provides additional resources and incentives to healthcare providers to deliver more closely coordinated care.

Chapel Hill, N.C. – January 28, 2020 – UNC Senior Alliance, LLC, an accountable care organization (ACO) of UNC Health Care, ranks #1 nationally in clinical quality among 34 Pay-for-Performance Next Generation ACOs.The UNC Senior Alliance received a clinical quality score of 98.64 percent from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for performance in the Next Generation ACO Model for Performance Year Three. UNC Senior Alliance is comprised of UNC Health Care hospitals and employed providers, as well as independent, community-based providers.

2018 was the second year UNC Senior Alliance participated in the Next Generation ACO Model, and is one of only four academic health system-based accountable care organizations that participate in CMS’s highest-risk alternative payment model. The Next Generation ACO Model, which began in 2016, tests tools and patient engagement incentives that can improve health outcomes and lower expenditures for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.

“These results speak to our decades-long commitment to clinical quality, our infrastructure for quality improvement, our network of high-value providers, and the collaborative environment we have built around clinical quality,” said Mark Gwynne, DO, president and executive medical director for UNC Senior Alliance. “We will continue to provide the right resources, for the right patients, in the right settings, and to provide our practices with the population management support needed to improve the quality of care our patients need and to make healthcare more affordable for our patients.”

For more information on the Next Generation ACO Model, please visit the CMS Next Generation ACO Model web page. For more information on how the overall quality score was determined, please refer to the CMS resources page.

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About UNC Senior Alliance
UNC Senior Alliance is UNC Health Care’s statewide, physician-led accountable care organization, and is transforming healthcare delivery and payment models on behalf of over 3,000 physicians, including community-based physicians along with those owned by and affiliated with UNC Health Care. With a focus on population health management, UNC Senior Alliance works closely with physician partners to manage quality, cost and access to care for their patients.

About UNC Health Care

UNC Health Care is an integrated healthcare system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care.

UNC Health Care is comprised of UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, ranked consistently among the best medical centers in the country; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville; Chatham Hospital in Siler City; Johnston Health in Clayton and Smithfield; UNC Lenoir Health Care in Kinston; Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro; Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir; Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount; UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden, Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, UNC REX Healthcare and its provider network in Wake County; and the UNC Physicians Network.

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