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Medicaid-focused ACO to address health, social determinants of health in Greater New Orleans

Date: 06/21/19

New Orleans, LA – LCMC Healthcare Partners, a clinically integrated network focused on improving population health in the communities they serve, and Louisiana Healthcare Connections, a Healthy Louisiana Medicaid health plan, announced today an innovative value-based program designed specifically to improve the health and well-being of Medicaid patients.

Within this Accountable Care Organization, or ACO, LCMC Healthcare Partners and Louisiana Healthcare Connections will implement a proactive model of care driven by quality data sharing and analytics. Care management programs will focus on chronic disease management, appropriate utilization, and improving care coordination. This new Medicaid ACO model will ensure the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care.

The ACO will also feature enhanced care management programs that will coordinate community-level resources to assist enrolled individuals in overcoming social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, lack of transportation, or inadequate housing, which are known to negatively impact health outcomes.

Based in the Greater New Orleans region, the LCMC Healthcare Partners network represents a collection of healthcare providers, including both employed and community physicians, hospitals and post-acute specialists focused on improving clinical integration across the healthcare spectrum. The goal is to keep patients well instead of waiting until they are sick to provide care.   

“LCMC Healthcare Partners is a physician led network designed to improve quality and cost outcomes, engage providers, and align payers as our healthcare delivery model transitions from fee for service to value based care. We are excited to expand our population health programs to our Medicaid patients with Louisiana Healthcare Connections in this unique partnership,” says Dr. John Heaton, LCMC Health’s President of Clinical and System Operations.

“LCMC Healthcare Partners shares our vision of improved health through the delivery of quality, coordinated care and greater access to primary care services and community-level resources,” says Jamie Schlottman, CEO & Plan President of Louisiana Healthcare Connections. “We look forward to working collaboratively to advance value-based care for our members – and their patients – in the Greater New Orleans region.”