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Vt. organizations apply for Medicare shared-savings program

By Jaimy Lee
Posted: September 18, 2012 - 3:30 pm ET

Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 419-bed hospital in Burlington, Vt., and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, a system that includes a 371-bed flagship hospital in Lebanon, N.H., said they submitted an application to the CMS to participate in a shared-savings program for Medicare patients in Vermont.

The organizations submitted their application to the CMS on Sept. 6 and expect to receive approval later this year, said Todd Moore, senior vice president of accountable care and revenue strategy at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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The joint initiative, which also includes every hospital in Vermont except 25-bed Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, is called OneCare Vermont. Along with Fletcher Allen's 300 primary-care physicians, other private physician practices and clinics in Vermont are planning to participate in the program.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's specialists will participate. However, the hospital's primary-care physicians, who are part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Pioneer ACO model, will not participate in OneCare Vermont, according to a spokesman for Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Talks between the two organizations, which share several clinical collaborations, began in 2011.

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