Three health care collaboratives in New Jersey now have state approval to share patient information in an effort to improve the health of people in the Medicaid program.
The Trenton Health Team, the Healthy Greater Newark ACO – a sister organization to the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition – and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers are now Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations in their communities.
"They've actually been called 'totally accountable care organizations,' because they pick a geographic region, and they are actually supposed to be accountable for all of the patients within that region," said Jeff Brown, executive director of the QI Collaborative. His group provides technical assistance and advice to the health care organizations.
The ACOs hope to lower costs by guiding people to lower-cost health care settings such as doctor's offices, instead of emergency rooms.
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