POM-ACO-affiliated physicians will be responsible for the health care for more than 120,000 Michigan residents.

Growth mode

Medicare Accountable Care Organization grows to 5,700 providers

issue 21 | Spring-Summer 2014

More than 5,700 Michigan doctors and other top-level providers have joined a growing organization that seeks to improve the health and health care of Michiganders covered by Medicare while also saving taxpayer dollars.

The initiative, called POM ACO, now includes all 1,700 physicians of the U-M Medical School's Faculty Group Practice, nearly 900 other U-M Health System providers and more than 3,000 other physicians from 12 groups and 22 counties around the state. Together, they will be responsible for improving the care and health of more than 120,000 Michigan residents — and may share in any savings that result.

POM ACO, also known as Physician Organization of Michigan ACO, LLC, is an Accountable Care Organization formed under the Medicare Shared Savings Program and authorized by the Affordable Care Act. It grew out of U-M's eight years of experience in the movement to make Medicare better and more efficient.

The new members include physicians from groups that had not previously taken part in an ACO, including MidMichigan Health, which is affiliated with UMHS.

"Our commitment to improving the health of individuals and populations — and containing the growth of health care costs — grows even stronger with this transition, and we're glad to be joined by so many like-minded physicians and providers across the state," says David Spahlinger, M.D., executive director of the U-M Faculty Group Practice and chair of the POM ACO board.