Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana and Franciscan Alliance announced results for the first year of their accountable care organization. The companies jointly provided highlights of its first reporting period for the ACO, from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015:

  • The ACO realized $22 million in savings over projected costs

  • A 2-4 percent increase in medication adherence for those with diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension

  • Improvements in treatment for acute and continuing episodes of depression, specifically an increase in the number of members diagnosed with depression who stayed on their medication for the recommended period of time.

  • A seven percent improvement in well child visits for children under 15 months

  • A six percent improvement in well child visits for kids 3-6 years old

  • A decrease in hospital inpatient admissions for conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, urinary tract infection and heart failure

  • A decrease in avoidable emergency room visits for conditions like earaches, sinus infections and urinary tract infections.

“This ACO is demonstrating higher quality care for both acute and chronic conditions,” said David Lee, M.D., vice president of provider solutions at Anthem. “And unnecessary costs are being removed from the system resulting in significant cost savings that benefit consumers, employers and the entire health care delivery system.”

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