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Accountable Care Organizations


As the nationwide leader of hospice, palliative and transition care services, VITAS can help Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) reduce care costs and increase care quality by providing a variety of resources to identify and manage advanced illness.

We improve patient outcomes by incorporating clinical expertise and palliative care principles with advanced technological capabilities and a dedication to put patients and family first.

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How VITAS Can Help Your ACO Achieve its Goals

Along with patient satisfaction scores that have been 96.5 percent or higher for the past five years, VITAS provides:

  • Multi-specialty coordination of care under the direction of a nurse navigator for patients with complex symptoms
  • Coordination of interdisciplinary teams in the home, nursing home or assisted living community
  • Medication reviews to minimize unnecessary/unintentional polypharmacy
  • Patient/family education regarding difficult choices in areas like medication, disease progression and managing decline
  • Expanded psychosocial resources
  • Collaboration with patients’ physicians to develop individualized symptom management
  • Predictive modeling and risk-stratification of patients with advanced illness
  • Improved scores in several of CMS’s quality measures

Having VITAS as the preferred hospice and palliative care partner is critical to the success of any ACO. Through VITAS’ evidence-based care protocols, transition processes and ancillary resources, hospice and palliative care patients receive individualized care and attention. Timely hospice and palliative care can eliminate unnecessary admissions and increase patient satisfaction.

Healthcare Reform Requires Collaborative Care

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), seeks to save money and improve patient care across the United States through the utilization of Integrated Delivery Systems throughout the care continuum. Right now:

  • Nearly 50 percent of U.S. healthcare expenditures go to the “at risk” 5 percent of the population
  • People are living longer with serious, chronic illness
  • Patients and family caregivers are frustrated by an expensive, disjointed healthcare experience

Current Patient Care Service Delivery

As a patient’s care needs increase toward the end of life, patients in the current healthcare system frequently experience healthcare and palliative care resources only while hospitalized. The lack of proper care transitions, especially as the severity of a patient’s diagnosis increases, contributes to hospitalizations, re-hospitalizations and escalated acute care events.

How VITAS Helps Break the Cycle

On average, one in five elderly patients discharged from the hospital is re-hospitalized within 30 days. A referral of hospice-eligible patients to VITAS and the time and attention of our individualized plan of care help break that cycle.

How VITAS breaks the current care cycle - VITAS helps ACOs

VITAS reduces readmissions and streamlines care coordination, while providing alternatives for care. We offer patients:

  • Hospice care at home, whether they live in a house, nursing home, assisted living community, or another residence for the elderly
  • 24/7 support with Telecare
  • All levels of care—home, Intensive Comfort Care®, and inpatient care—customized to meet individual care management needs
  • Comprehensive education programs for patients and families
  • Specialized care including multilingual staff, Jewish accreditation, veterans care, music therapy, pet visits, and illness-specific care plans

Want to partner with VITAS? Call 800.873.5198 | Request info online >