UVM Health Network will become the sole parent company of OneCare Vermont, a statewide ACO driven by the Vermont all payers model.
OneCare was formed by UVM Health Network, based in Burlington, Vermont, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, based in Lebanon, NH, shortly after Vermont signed CMS’s all-payer ACO experimental model in 2012. .
While the state ACO is committed to the all payers model, OneCare provides resources and support to providers who care for patients in three key areas: network performance management, reform of payments, and data and analytics. The Any Pay ACO aims to move Vermont towards a value-based, equitable model of healthcare.
As part of the deal, announced on September 24, OneCare will join the UVM Health Network umbrella on October 1. OneCare will remain its own legal entity and will maintain a governance board that includes other healthcare executives.
Members of the governing board said the deal was made to ensure the stability and efficiency of OneCare.
“Through the strategic planning process, the board took a close look at how OneCare can bring stability to healthcare reform and found that a single parent organization gives OneCare the most stability and creates efficiency gains, ”said Tom Dee, Member and Chairman of the Board of OneCare. and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington. “Because OneCare is a responsible healthcare organization, it has the structure we need to improve quality in all hospitals and work together to achieve our common goal: better health for the people of Vermont at a more reasonable cost. . “
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, which relinquishes control of governance, will retain a seat on the board.
“This is really just a structural change to improve the sustainability of OneCare,” said Steve LeBlanc, chief strategy officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. VTDigger. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is fully committed to remaining a participant.”