Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
11:13 AM

LVHN Accountable Care Organization, LLC Accepted into Second Medicare Shared Savings Program Agreement Period

Lehigh Valley Health Network Accountable Care Organization, LLC (LVHN ACO) is one of 561 approved Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and one of 65 renewal ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). There are now a total of 10.5 million beneficiaries assigned to ACOs nationally. This is LVHN ACOs second three-year agreement period, with 2018 marking the fourth year participating in the MSSP program.

LVHN ACO is continuing as a Track 1 participant. There have been many learnings and successes in the first three years, including achievement of over $11 million in savings, to providing high value care with a quality score of ~98%.

“The LVHN ACO recognizes the hard work that all of our physician and advanced practice clinician participants contribute to making this endeavor successful,” said Jennifer Stephens, DO, Medical Director, Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG). “We continue to be committed to high value, integrated healthcare that puts our patients first.”

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.