Arizona Care Network

Arizona

Serving the Phoenix metro area, Arizona Care Network (ACN) is a joint venture of Dignity Health Arizona and Abrazo Health (a Tenet Health company). In its formative years, ACN operated a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO (Track 1 from 2013 through 2017; Track 1+ in 2018) and expanded to participate in the Next Generation ACO (NGACO) model, operating the two simultaneously in 2017 and 2018. During that time, the network grew in sophistication, proving its ability to effectively manage risk. In 2019, ACN transitioned its Medicare lives to the NGACO model exclusively, earning gainshare each year. Today, ACN is one of only 41 NGACOs in the country.

ACN has distinguished itself as a high-performing network, exceeding $48 million in total medical cost savings to date across 13 value-based arrangements, including Medicare and Medicaid as well as commercial value-based contracts spanning Medicare Advantage, employer-based plans, individual and family plans, and direct-to-employer agreements.

ACN was named “One of 110 ACOs to Know” the last three consecutive years by Becker’s, the health care industry’s premier business publication, and was recognized by the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) with their 2019 Innovation Award.

Strategy Highlight

ACN’s Provider Rewards Program (PRP) has always been a popular network benefit for primary care providers participating in ACN’s Medicare models. Since 2015, the organization has dedicated a significant pool to reward PCPs for the hard work associated with value-based medicine, including bonuses for high-risk member visits, annual wellness visits, clinical quality and in-network care coordination. Each year’s incentive program aligns with the clinical metrics and network activities that drive success under the NGACO Model. As such, the PRP is a leading indicator for final NGACO performance.

Arizona on map.

At a Glance

  • Region: Southwest
  • Year Started: 2012
  • Leadership: Todd Ricotta
  • Website: azcarenetwork.org
  • MSSP: Next Generation ACO
  • Lives Managed: 321,413
  • Providers: 5,807