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Catholic Medical Partners accountable care organization gets accreditation

The Catholic Medical Partners accountable care organization has earned accreditation from the nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance. It is first organization in the state and the eighth in the country to earn the designation.

Health reform encouraged hospitals and doctors to form accountable care organizations to coordinate care and improve quality for Medicare patients.

The Affordable Care Act allows Medicare to reward the organizations with a share of the savings that result from hitting targets for cost reduction and quality measures. The organizations offer an alternative to the fee-for-service payment system that has been criticized for unnecessary care and high costs.

Catholic Medical Partners, a network of 1,000 doctors, and the Catholic Health hospital system formed the patient group in 2012. The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a voluntary review process that evaluates quality.