UMHS, eight physician groups team up for new ACO

On Thursday, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the formation of 106 new Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs. These are groups of physicians and health institutions that will work together to improve care and contain costs for traditional Medicare patients.

One of the new ACOs is the Physician Organization of Michigan ACO, which is a joint venture of UMHS and eight physician groups from around lower Michigan.

POM ACO, as it is called, includes 1,800 physicians from across the Lower Peninsula, and will reach more than 81,000 Medicare patients.

This new ACO is separate from the Pioneer ACO that launched last January and includes more than 1,700 physicians from the U-M Faculty Group Practice and the IHA physician group.

POM ACO will help UMHS achieve our strategic goals for population health, position Michigan as part of the future of health care, and help keep local care local to benefit patients.

More information about POM ACO will become available in coming days. For now, read a press release provided by the Medicare agency at The full list of physician groups participating in POM ACO is below.

You can also learn more about all the things UMHS is doing to improve the health of populations through ACOs and other efforts, at .

Physician groups with members in POM ACO:

Advantage Health/Saint Mary’s Care Network

Crawford Mercy Physician Hospital Organization

Lakeshore Health Network

Oakland Southfield Physicians

Olympia Medical Services

Physicians’ Organization of Western Michigan

United Physicians

U-M Faculty Group Practice Specialists

Wexford Physician Hospital Organization