Big News about Accountable Care Organizations

Eleven of our rural hospitals in Washington State have agreed to collaborate on the formation of a statewide Accountable Care Organization (ACO). If you are wondering what an ACO is, here’s a good primer.

We are excited that the National Rural ACO will be supporting this important work. First step is the submission of their application to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Fingers crossed, CMS will approve their organizational structure and they will launch January 1, 2016.

Participating hospitals in BHT region hospitals are:

  • Newport Hospital & Health Services – Pend Oreille County
  • Ferry County Memorial Hospital – Ferry County

Plus some cool friends from around the state:

  • Dayton General Hospital – Columbia County
  • Tri State Regional Medical Center – Asotin County
  • Sunnyside Hospital – Yakima County
  • Coulee Medical Center – Grant County
  • Summit Pacific – Grays Harbor County
  • Mason General Hospital – Mason County
  • Forks Community Hospital – Clallam County
  • Jefferson Healthcare – Jefferson County
  • Klickitat Valley Health – Klickitat County

Stay tuned!