New Jersey’s Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Schools Create Accountable Care Organization

Industry Bulletin | October 15, 2013


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Spurred in part by the Affordable Care Act, Rutgers and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital are forming their own Accountable Care Organization. The ACO, called Robert Wood Johnson Partners, will start with 5,000 Medicare patients and plans to launch in January 2014. The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, incentivizes these types of organizations by allowing the doctors and other care providers to share in any savings they achieve when they move away from a fee-for-service model. These saving programs, which are managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, encourage doctors and nurses within the organization to be more proactive with their patients, checking up on their medications and pushing them to keep appointments as opposed to only treating people when they have an emergency. This was reported by nj.com on October 16, 2013.

Contact information: Alfred Tallia, MD, MPH, Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 125 Paterson Street MEB 288. New Brunswick, NJ 08901; (732) 235-6029; E-mail: alfred.tallia@rutgers.edu; Website: http://www.rwjuh.edu