U-M leading the way to improve care for Medicare participants while lowering costs

More than 1,800 Michigan physicians will work together to tackle the challenge of providing better medical care and slowing the growth of health costs for an estimated 81,000 Medicare-enrolled patients.

The new Physician Organization of Michigan (POM) is a joint venture of the U-M Health System and eight other Michigan physician organizations. Together, they have launched a new accountable care organization, or ACO.

POM ACO focuses on the triple goal of better care for patients, better health for entire populations, and lower health care costs. The physicians will share in the savings to Medicare if the costs for caring for the patients stay below the national growth rate, and quality is improved.

The physician groups in West Michigan that have members in POM ACO are Advantage Health, St. Mary’s Health Care, Lakeshore Health Network, the Physicians’ Organization of Western Michigan and Wexford PHO.

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