Project Term: 24 months; Nov 2015 – Oct 2017
Grant Amount: $50,000
This grant will support the participation of Barrett Hospital in Montana’s first Rural Accountable Care Organization (RACO). Barrett Hospital and HealthCare will join a consortium of regional Critical Access Hospitals being formed to create a RACO among 12 hospitals in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming that will collectively serve a group of more than 9,000 Medicare patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will track health care spending and measure the quality of care that is provided to these patients. Participating hospitals will have improved access to data to help measure costs, assess quality and safety.