FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2015
Scranton’s Wright Center joins the Keystone ACO
Improves care coordination for people with Medicare
DANVILLE, Pa. – The Wright Center, a Scranton-based primary care and medical residency training provider, recently joined the Keystone Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a network of doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other healthcare providers that includes Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wayne Memorial Hospital and Highland Physicians Group.
“The addition of the Wright Center ensures that more Medicare beneficiaries in Scranton and its surrounding communities have access to high-quality, coordinated care,” said Thomas Graf, M.D., chief medical officer for Population Health at Geisinger Health System and chief executive officer of Keystone ACO.
“Improving quality while reducing cost has been Geisinger’s driving organizational strategy for more than decade,” Dr. Graf said. “The Affordable Care Act and CMS have incentivized doctors and healthcare providers to establish ACOs in order to work together to give people with Medicare the high-quality care they expect and deserve.”
“Continuously improving patient care and education in a collaborative spirit is at the heart of The Wright Center’s mission,” said Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., President and CEO of The Wright Center. “Joining the Keystone ACO represents another means of improving efficiency in health care as part of our organization’s overall commitment to provide patient centered care. We look forward to working with Wayne Memorial, Geisinger and the other Keystone ACO members.”
ACOs are a unique opportunity for financially strong, independent healthcare facilities to work together to serve their communities while at the same time experiencing cost savings that can be re-invested into more care programs that only create more benefits for their patients.
Beneficiaries using ACOs always have the freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO. An ACO shares with Medicare any savings generated from lowering the growth in healthcare costs, while meeting standards for quality of care.
In addition to The Wright Center, the Keystone ACO is comprised of the following healthcare providers:
ACOs must meet quality standards to ensure that savings are achieved through improving care coordination and providing care that is appropriate, safe and timely. CMS has established 33 quality measures on care coordination and patient safety, appropriate use of preventive health services, improved care for at-risk populations and patient and caregiver experience of care.
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 48 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 23,500 employees, including a 1,200-member multi-specialty group practice, nine hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $7.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
About The Wright Center
The Wright Center Medical Group, P.C. (WCMG) is a nonprofit physician led organization with locations in Clarks Summit, Scranton, and Jermyn. Together with its sister corporation The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (WCGME), a community based educational consortium, they share a mission to continuously improve education and patient care in a collaborative spirit to enhance outcomes, access and affordability. The Wright Center provides healthcare services for children and adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania with innovative, team-based healthcare using the “Patient-Centered Medical Home” model. This model of care is delivered by a healthcare team, led by a single trusted healthcare provider, who works collectively with you to coordinate care and enhance healthcare services to promote your overall wellness and the health of our community.