On August 26, leaders at the Downers Grove, Illinois- and Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Advocate Aurora Health posted a press release to the organization’s website announcing breakthrough results on the part of the integrated health system’s three federal accountable care organizations (ACOs.)
As the press release stated, “Data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show that Advocate Aurora Health’s three affiliated Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) combined generated the highest savings of any integrated health system in the nation in the 2020 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Advocate Aurora generated $110 million in savings, the system’s best performance yet despite the immense challenges of the pandemic. The 2020 effort brings Advocate Aurora’s total savings for the federal government and taxpayers to more than $423 million since joining the program in 2012. The 28-percent improvement over 2020’s total savings came as teams in Illinois and Wisconsin continued to help each other learn and improve in the years after the 2018 merger, providing high-quality, highly coordinated care while managing costs,” the press release stated, adding that “Those results reflect Advocate Aurora’s unwavering commitment to value-based care, lowering costs for patients and other payers while providing the highest quality care possible.