The Physician Organization of Michigan ACO, LLC (POM ACO) is a partnership of over 5,700 Michigan providers working together to provide better care for patients, better health for populations and lower overall health care costs.
Teaming together to help care for over 120,000 Medicare-enrolled patients, POM ACO is a physician-led group created as a joint venture between:
- The University of Michigan Health System
- Advantage Health/Saint Mary's Care Network
- Crawford Mercy Physician Hospital Organization
- Huron Valley Physicians Association (HVPA)
- Integrated Health Associates (IHA)
- Lakeshore Health Network
- MidMichigan Collaborative Care Organization
- Oakland Southfield Physicians
- Olympia Medical Services
- Physicians' Organization of Western Michigan (POWM)
- United Physicians
- Wexford Physician Hospital Organization
Health care providers that have joined POM ACO have the same goals of wanting to engage in clinical integration activities, share in infrastructure, improve health care in Michigan, strengthen relationships among independent physicians and their local hospital partners and improve the quality clinical network of the future.
The University of Michigan Faculty Group Practice participated in the Medicare PGP Demonstration project, and will share the lessons learned, driving POM ACO to an effective and positive future by allowing health care providers to collaborate with their colleagues throughout the state to improve communication and coordination of Medicare-enrolled patient care.
What is an ACO?
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers who collaborate and work together to give you and other Medicare patients the best possible care. The goal of an ACO is to support your doctor in caring for you. By coordinating your care, an ACO will ensure that you get the right care at the right time while avoiding the unnecessary duplication of tests or services.
Some ACOs may have special nurses that help you set up appointments or make sure your medications are in order when you enter or leave a hospital. Other ACOs may help your doctors get you equipment for monitoring your medical conditions better at home, if you need it. Most ACOs use advanced technology to carefully coordinate your care providing your doctor with the most up-to-date information about your health.
An ACO will help your doctors work together to coordinate your care. Doctors and health care providers will communicate closely with each other to follow your health and make sure you get the best care possible. Members of an ACO are committed to your care and to a better overall patient experience for you.
Transforming Health Care Together
The state of Michigan has been a leader in health care quality efforts. Many have focused on improving care and containing costs for patients with private insurance, but this new ACO focuses specifically on traditional Medicare. Our member physicians are ready to take their already strong quality improvement efforts and focus them on improving the care of the traditional Medicare patient.
David Spahlinger, M.D. Executive Director of the University of Michigan Faculty Group Practice POM ACO Executive Officer
POM ACO is a true model of health care innovation; organizing a diverse collection of physician organizations dedicated to improving cost, quality and the patient care experience. Oakland Southfield Physicians is pleased to be part of this team and we are ready to transform health care together.
Jerome Frankel, D.O. President and Medical Director of Oakland Southfield Physicians
Accountable care is increasingly seen by physicians across the nation as an opportunity to improve medical care for the people we serve at a lower cost. Linking the leadership of these excellent physician organizations with UM's ACO knowledge and expertise has huge potential for Michigan's Medicare patients.
Paul Ponstein, D.O. Former Executive Medical Director of POM ACO
POM ACO participation will facilitate the delivery of high quality, coordinated, cost-effective medicine to our patient population. Through proactive patient engagement and collaborative patient care, this physician led ACO will support physician members and enable them to make better, more educated clinical decisions at the point of care, reduce healthcare costs by eliminating unnecessary and redundant procedures and tests, and enhance the overall health of Michigan's Medicare-enrolled population.
Michael Williams, M.D. President and CEO of United Physicians, Inc.