Fast facts: POM ACO

On Jan. 1, 2013, a new accountable care organization, the Physician Organization of Michigan ACO (POM ACO), began its effort to improve care for Michigan Medicare participants, and help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contain cost growth.

POM ACO expanded in early 2014 and now includes 5,700 physicians and other providers from 12 physician groups in 22 Michigan counties. Together, they care for about 120,000 Michiganders covered by traditional Medicare.

 

 

Here are key facts about us:

 

 

Physician-led, statewide and quality-oriented:

  • POM ACO includes about 5,700 Michigan physicians and other providers from 12 physician groups based in 22 Michigan counties.
  • The participating groups are:
    • Advantage Health/Saint Mary's
      Care Network
    • Crawford Mercy Physician Hospital
      Organization
    • Huron Valley Physicians Association (HVPA)
    • IHA
    • Lakeshore Health Network
    • MidMichigan Health
    • Oakland Southfield Physicians
    • Olympia Medical Services
    • Physicians’ Organization of Western Michigan
    • United Physicians
    • U-M Faculty Group Practice members and other U-M Health System providers
    • Wexford Physician Hospital Organization
  • All members focus on providing higher quality, more coordinated and less variable care.
  • Our physicians have embraced quality initiatives sponsored by private insurers. Now, POM ACO will help them improve care for a traditional Medicare population, and share in savings that result.
  • A board composed mostly of physicians guides efforts to improve care and contain costs.

 

Focused on our patients:

  • POM ACO will help more than 120,000 Medicare participants across Michigan get better care.
  • These patients have already chosen the participating physicians as their primary care doctors or chronic disease management specialists.
  • Patients will keep their doctors, but will now have access to new programs and services.
    And, they’ll benefit from the guidelines, tools and data their physicians will use during their care.

 

Leveraging experience:

  • POM ACO draws on the experience of the University of Michigan Health System, whose Faculty Group Practice participated in a Medicare demonstration project that paved the way for ACOs under federal health care reform. UMHS supported the startup costs for POM ACO and in 2014 transitioned all of our own faculty physicians into POM ACO.
  • For more on U-M's population health experiences, visit www.uofmhealth.org/pophealth

 

POM ACO map
The headquarters location of each participating physician group
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