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New Hampshire Nurse Practitioners Take the Lead in Forming an Accountable Care Organization

Wright, Wendy L. MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000205
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In 2012, New Hampshire nurse practitioners (NPs), along with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, formed the first Patient Centered Shared Savings Program in the nation, composed of patients managed by nurse practitioners employed within NP-owned and operated clinics. In this accountable care organization (ACO), NP-attributed patients were grouped into one risk pool. Data from the ACO and the NP risk pool, now in its third year, have produced compelling statistics. Nurse practitioners participating in this program have met or exceeded the minimum scores for 29 quality metrics along with a demonstrated cost-savings in the first 2 years of the program. Hospitalization rates for NP-managed patients are among the lowest in the state. Cost of care for NP-managed patients is $66.85 less per member per month than the participating physician-managed patients. Data from this ACO provide evidence that NPs provide cost-effective, quality health care and are integral to the formation and sustainability of any ACO.

Wright & Associates Family Healthcare @ Amherst and @ Concord, Bedford, New Hampshire.

Correspondence: Wendy L. Wright, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Wright & Associates Family Healthcare @ Amherst and @ Concord, New Hampshire, 2 Rolling Woods Dr, Bedford, NH 03110 (WendyARNP@aol.com).

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