About

ACO Name and Location:

Northwest Ohio ACO, LLC

Previous Names: N/A
4235 Secor Rd
Toledo, OH 43623

ACO Primary Contact

Primary Contact Name

Chris Santoro

Primary Contact Phone Number

419-318-9447

Primary Contact Email Address

csantoro@toledoclinic.com

 

Organizational Information

 

ACO Participants

ACO Participant in Joint Venture (Enter Y or N)

Toledo Clinic Incorporated

Y

Northwest Surgical Specialists Inc

Y

James M Croak DO, Inc

Y

Alliance Retina, LLC

Y

Wood Health Company LLC Y
Wood County Womens Care of Bowling Green, LLC Y

 

Shared Savings and Losses:

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

Shared Savings Distribution

 

Quality Performance Results

2019 Quality Performance Results:

ACO#

Measure Name

Rate

ACO Mean

ACO-1

CAHPS: Getting Timely Care, Appointments, and Information

85.89

85.86

ACO-2

CAHPS: How Well Your Providers Communicate

94.57

94.11

ACO-3

CAHPS: Patients’ Rating of Provider

92.31

92.69

ACO-4

CAHPS: Access to Specialists

82.83

81.54

ACO-5

CAHPS: Health Promotion and Education

64.54

60.44

ACO-6

CAHPS: Shared Decision Making

71.42

62.78

ACO-7

CAHPS: Health Status/Functional Status

75.66

73.79

ACO-34

CAHPS: Stewardship of Patient Resources

29.95

26.17

ACO-45

CAHPS: Courteous and Helpful Office Staff

92.16

92.84

ACO-8

Risk Standardized, All Condition Readmission

14.74

14.86

ACO-38

All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

55.56

58.15

ACO-43

Ambulatory Sensitive Condition Acute Composite (AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicator (PQI) #91)

2.12

1.87

ACO-13

Falls: Screening for Future Fall Risk

90.07

84.04

ACO-14

Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization

71.82

74.77

ACO-17

Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention

87.10

78.04

ACO-18

Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up Plan

85.16

70.40

ACO-19

Colorectal Cancer Screening

75.37

70.76

ACO-20

Breast Cancer Screening

78.63

73.84

ACO-42

Statin Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

85.47

82.17

ACO-40

Depression Remission at Twelve Months

6.15

13.58

ACO-27

Diabetes Mellitus: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control

15.02

13.88

ACO-28

Hypertension (HTN): Controlling High Blood Pressure

75.10

75.04

2018 Quality Performance Results:

ACO#

Measure Name

Rate

ACO Mean

ACO-1

CAHPS: Getting Timely Care, Appointments, and Information

85.30

86.14

ACO-2

CAHPS: How Well Your Providers Communicate

93.72

93.93

ACO-3

CAHPS: Patients’ Rating of Provider

92.50

92.45

ACO-4

CAHPS: Access to Specialists

83.09

81.50

ACO-5

CAHPS: Health Promotion and Education

60.68

59.26

ACO-6

CAHPS: Shared Decision Making

69.41

61.94

ACO-7

CAHPS: Health Status/Functional Status

73.93

73.35

ACO-34

CAHPS: Stewardship of Patient Resources

31.06

26.26

ACO-8

Risk Standardized, All Condition Readmission

14.57

14.98

ACO-35

Skilled Nursing Facility 30-day All-Cause Readmission measure (SNFRM)

18.61

18.59

ACO-36

All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Diabetes

34.32

37.01

ACO-37

All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Heart Failure

70.66

76.75

ACO-38

All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

56.91

59.00

ACO-43

Ambulatory Sensitive Condition Acute Composite (AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicator (PQI) #91)

2.26

1.98

ACO-11

Use of Certified EHR Technology

99.78

98.20

ACO-12

Medication Reconciliation Post-Discharge

98.71

85.91

ACO-13

Falls: Screening for Future Fall Risk

84.91

79.73

ACO-44

Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain

60.00

64.36

ACO-14

Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization

62.92

72.71

ACO-15

Pneumonia Vaccination Status for Older Adults

80.73

75.97

ACO-16

Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow Up

86.06

76.83

ACO-17

Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention

67.44

72.81

ACO-18

Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up Plan

65.28

66.74

ACO-19

Colorectal Cancer Screening

63.29

68.27

ACO-20

Breast Cancer Screening

71.04

71.96

ACO-42

Statin Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

83.53

81.47

ACO-27

Diabetes Mellitus: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control

13.65

15.51

ACO-41

Diabetes: Eye Exam

62.25

52.42

ACO-28

Hypertension (HTN): Controlling High Blood Pressure

72.96

73.10

ACO-30

Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD): Use of Aspirin or Another Antiplatelet

94.74

88.92

 

2017 Quality Performance Results:

ACO#

Measure Name

Rate

ACO Mean

ACO-1

CAHPS: Getting Timely Care, Appointments, and Information

81.05

80.60

ACO-2

CAHPS: How Well Your Providers Communicate

92.84

93.13

ACO-3

CAHPS: Patients’ Rating of Provider

91.89

92.31

ACO-4

CAHPS: Access to Specialists

83.92

83.32

ACO-5

CAHPS: Health Promotion and Education

62.23

62.30

ACO-6

CAHPS: Shared Decision Making

73.49

75.85

ACO-7

CAHPS: Health Status/Functional Status

73.15

73.05

ACO-34

CAHPS: Stewardship of Patient Resources

30.62

25.68

ACO-8

Risk Standardized, All Condition Readmission

14.73

15.01

ACO-35

Skilled Nursing Facility 30-day All-Cause Readmission measure (SNFRM)

19.10

18.46

ACO-36

All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Diabetes

52.20

53.95

ACO-37

All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Heart Failure

75.12

79.16

ACO-38

All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

60.62

61.74

ACO-43

Ambulatory Sensitive Condition Acute Composite (AHRQ* Prevention Quality Indicator (PQI #91))

2.10

1.93

ACO-11

Use of Certified EHR Technology

100.00

98.48

ACO-12

Medication Reconciliation

91.00

75.32

ACO-13

Falls: Screening for Future Fall Risk

77.57

74.38

ACO-44

Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain

51.85

67.32

ACO-14

Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization

68.26

72.52

ACO-15

Pneumonia Vaccination Status for Older Adults

76.07

72.92

ACO-16

Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up

70.13

70.69

ACO-17

Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention

96.93

90.48

ACO-18

Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up Plan

67.16

61.98

ACO-19

Colorectal Cancer Screening

63.90

64.58

ACO-20

Breast Cancer Screening

70.71

70.05

ACO-42

Statin Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

82.68

79.89

ACO-27

Diabetes Mellitus: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control

20.21

16.74

ACO-41

Diabetes: Eye Exam

51.54

50.37

ACO-28

Hypertension (HTN): Controlling High Blood Pressure

71.03

71.47

ACO-30

Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD): Use of Aspirin or Another Antithrombotic

92.65

86.86

 

Please note, the ACO-40 Depression Remission at 12 months quality measure is not included in public reporting due to low samples and the ACO-36 All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Diabetes quality measure is not included in public reporting due to a non-material technical error.

Note: In the Quality Performance Results file(s) above, search for “Northwest Ohio ACO, LLC to view the quality performance results. This ACO can also be found by using the ACO ID A71510 in the public use files on data.cms.gov.

Payment Rule Waivers

  • Yes, our ACO will begin using the SNF 3-day waiver on 1/1/2020.
  • Participation Waiver
    • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) have made available waivers of certain federal fraud and abuse laws in connection with the operation of accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that have entered into a participation agreement under the Medicare Shared Savings Program Pathways to Success (“MSSP”).
    • In order to receive the benefit of such waivers, the governing body of Northwest Ohio ACO, LLC (the “Company”) has made a bona fide, detailed determination that the following arrangement is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP.
    • The Company has authorized a waiver of certain federal fraud and abuse laws for a patient coordination project involving The Toledo Clinic (“TTC”), Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers (“TCCC”), and The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center (“DCC”), whereby the parties desire to coordinate care for oncology patients through the provision of necessary professional healthcare services and pharmaceutical oncology drugs (the “Arrangement”).

    • The governing body of the Company authorized the application of the waiver to the Arrangement on November 10, 2020, following a determination that the Arrangement supports the goals of the Company and is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP, in each case because the Arrangement: (i) expands access to lower cost of care for governmental and underinsured patients, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company; (ii) improves access to care by increasing a specialized skillset and creating a larger physician network profile for similar populations; (iii) improves the coordination of specialty and primary care; (iv) improves the transparency of pharmacy costs; and (v) increases resources and the capacity to assist insured and uninsured patients, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company.

  • Participation Waiver
    • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) have made available waivers of certain federal fraud and abuse laws in connection with the operation of accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that have entered into a participation agreement under the Medicare Shared Savings Program Pathways to Success (“MSSP”).
    • In order to receive the benefit of such waivers, the governing body of Northwest Ohio ACO, LLC (the “Company”) has made a bona fide, detailed determination that the following arrangement is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP.
    • The Company has authorized a waiver of certain federal fraud and abuse laws for the following arrangements (the “Arrangements”):
      • Allocation of an amount of up to the entire amount of the Company’s agreed upon 20% set-aside of the CMS shared savings distribution for ACO participants to invest in physician recruitment, including the provision of start-up income guarantees and/or bonuses for primary care physicians (“PCPs”) and certain specialists and bonuses to residents in compliance with applicable law in exchange for their commitment to remain in Northwest Ohio after graduation from residency;
      • Provision of profit shares of the Toledo Clinic ambulatory surgery center to non-Toledo Clinic surgeons that contractually commit to participating in coordinating patient care and certain quality and utilization metrics; and
      • Provision of a care coordination bonus to community PCPs that contractually agree to care coordination and certain quality and utilization metrics.
    • The governing body of the Company authorized the application of the waiver to the Arrangements on November 12, 2019, following a determination that the Arrangements support the goals of the Company and is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP, in each case because the Arrangements: (i) assist in the coordination of care across service offerings for all MSSP ACO patients, as well as other patients in the community, including for Medicare beneficiaries attributed to Northwest Ohio ACO, which allows for the delivery of higher quality healthcare services; (ii) assist in reducing the costs of healthcare for patients, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to Northwest Ohio ACO, by treating patients outside the hospital setting and reducing the number of medically unnecessary procedures; (iii) enhance physician engagement for driving true performance and clinical integration among physicians in the community by contractually requiring participating providers to coordinate patient care and satisfy certain quality and utilization metrics; (iv) enhance access to primary care and specialty services in the community, including for Medicare beneficiaries attributed to Northwest Ohio ACO, and provide additional healthcare services to the community, which allows for more opportunities for care coordination and the delivery of higher quality healthcare services; (v) promote widespread use of an electronic medical record platform (“EMR”) closely connected with the Company, and allow physicians to timely read patient medical, lab, and imaging results, as well as enhance coordination of care; and (vi) encourage investment in infrastructure for high quality and efficient service delivery for patients, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to Northwest Ohio ACO, by relocating and adding more PCPs and specialists to the community.
  • DME Waiver
    • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) have made available waivers of certain federal fraud and abuse laws in connection with the operation of accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that have entered into a participation agreement under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”).
    • IIn order to receive the benefit of such waivers, the governing body of Northwest Ohio ACO, LLC (the “Company”) has made a bona fide, detailed determination that the following arrangement is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP.
    • The Company has authorized a waiver of certain federal fraud and abuse laws for an arrangement whereby The Toledo Clinic, Inc. (“TTC”), through TTC and/or its pharmacy, provides durable medical equipment (“DME”) to patients who are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company (the “Arrangement”).
    • The governing body of the Company authorized the application of the waiver to the Arrangement on October 10, 2017, following a determination that the Arrangement supports the goals of the Company and is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP, in each case because the Arrangement: (i) assists in the coordination of care across all of TTC’s service offerings for its patients, including for Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company, which allows for the delivery of higher quality healthcare services; (ii) allows for greater access to preventive care items in the community, including for Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company; (iii) advances adherence to a treatment regime, adherence to a follow-up care plan, and/or management of a chronic disease or condition for TTC patients, including for Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company; and (iv) allows patients, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company, to have a cost-efficient alternative for DME items and supplies.
  • Cardiology Revenue Allocation
    • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) have made available waivers of certain federal fraud and abuse laws in connection with the operation of accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that have entered into a participation agreement under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”).
    • In order to receive the benefit of such waivers, the governing body of Northwest Ohio ACO, LLC (the “Company”) has made a bona fide, detailed determination that the following arrangement is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP.
    • The Company has authorized a waiver of certain federal fraud and abuse laws for an arrangement involving the allocation of ancillary revenues among The Toledo Clinic, Inc.’s (“TTC”) cardiologists (the “Arrangement”).
    • The governing body of the Company authorized the application of the waiver to the Arrangement on November 13, 2018, following a determination that the Arrangement supports the goals of the Company and is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP, in each case because the Arrangement: (i) assists in the coordination of care across TTC’s cardiology service offerings for its patients, including for Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company, which allows for the delivery of higher quality healthcare services; (ii) assists in reducing the costs of healthcare for patients, including for Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company, by treating patients outside of the hospital setting and reducing the number of medically unnecessary procedures; (iii) enhances physician engagement for driving true performance and clinical integration among physicians in the community; (iv) promotes timely reads of patient medical results; and (v) promotes widespread use of an electronic medical record platform across TTC.
  • Patient Coordination Project with Neighborhood Health Association
    • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) have made available waivers of certain federal fraud and abuse laws in connection with the operation of accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that have entered into a participation agreement under the Medicare Shared Savings Program Pathways to Success (“MSSP”).
    • In order to receive the benefit of such waivers, the governing body of Northwest Ohio ACO, LLC (the “Company”) has made a bona fide, detailed determination that the following arrangement is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP.
    • The Company has authorized a waiver of certain federal fraud and abuse laws for a patient coordination project involving The Toledo Clinic (“TTC”), Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers (“TCCC”), and Neighborhood Health Association (“NHA”), whereby the parties desire to coordinate care for oncology patients through the provision of necessary professional healthcare services and pharmaceutical oncology drugs (the “Arrangement”).
    • The governing body of the Company authorized the application of the waiver to the Arrangement on June 9, 2020, following a determination that the Arrangement supports the goals of the Company and is reasonably related to the purposes of the MSSP, in each case because the Arrangement: (i) expands access to lower cost of care for governmental and underinsured patients, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company; (ii) improves access to care by increasing a specialized skillset and creating a larger physician network profile for similar populations; (iii) improves the coordination of specialty and primary care; (iv) improves the transparency of pharmacy costs; and (v) increases resources and the capacity to assist insured and uninsured patients, including Medicare beneficiaries attributed to the Company.

 

Contact Info

Northwest Ohio ACO
4235 Secor Rd.
Toledo, OH 43623

P: 419-318-9447

E: csantoro@toledoclinic.com