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University Hospitals Accountable Care Organization

The University Hospitals Accountable Care Organization (UHACO) is the convener in the federal Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced (BPCI-A) Program. This model supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation continuing efforts in implementing voluntary episode payment models. The model aims to support healthcare providers who invest in practice innovation and care redesign to better coordinate care and reduce expenditures, while improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.

The overarching goals of the BPCI Advanced Model are:

  • Care Redesign
  • Health Care Provider Engagement
  • Patient and Caregiver Engagement
  • Data Analysis/Feedback
  • Financial Accountability

Our Commitment to Wellness

UHACO aims to improve the health and wellness of employees and their dependents who are enrolled in a UH employee medical plan. In 2010, we established the UHACO for about 25,000 employees and dependents to focus on:

  • Increasing the role of the primary care provider (PCP)
  • Expanding care coordination and disease management processes
  • Promoting wellness and prevention
  • Providing resources for patients to manage their own health
  • Implementing clinical pathways and programs to improve population health

We also offer a wide-range of wellness programs to help our members develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The UHACO team includes a wide range of caregivers who help our members achieve the highest quality of care, including:

  • Registered nurses
  • Clinical dieticians
  • Patient navigators
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers