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Friday, July 19, 2013

Accountable Care Entities (ACEs): A New Coordinated Care Model in Illinois

SB 26 to be signed by the Governor into law on July 22, 2013, will expand Medicaid to over 600,000 new potential enrollees but it will also usher in a new form of coordinated care in Illinois for these new Medicaid enrollees as well as existing families on Medicaid - the Accountable Care Entity.

An Accountable Care Entity (ACE) will be a new Illinois model of an integrated delivery system. This will be the fourth model providing “care coordination services” for Medicaid clients, which now includes Managed Care Organization (MCO), Managed Care Community Network (MCCN) and Care Coordination Entity (CCE). This infographic provides a great overview of the system so far.



The ACE will have these elements:
  • Will be a provider-organized network of care -- providers working together collaboratively
  • Will be large enough to have impact for a population: initially children and their family members in Illinois Medicaid, at least 40,000 in Cook County, 20,000 in collar counties, 10,000 downstate
  • Will have at a minimum the following types of providers: primary care, specialty care, hospitals, and behavioral healthcare; will have a governance structure that includes each type of provider and works to create a shared culture of collaboration/transformation
  • Will build an infrastructure to support care management functions among the providers in the network, such as health information technology, risk assessment tools, transparent data and data analytics, communication with Medicaid members, etc.
  • Will work toward a new payment structure different from the current fee-for-service: shared savings within first 18 months, partial risk after 18 months and full risk after 3 years, which means capitated payments with financial incentives for the providers within the network
This is an opportunity for the hospital community and other providers to develop integrated delivery systems in Illinois that will manage Medicaid populations but are not traditional MCOs. Under SB 26, HFS will post a solicitation by August 1, and give 5 months to new entities to organize and apply.

The initial population assigned to ACEs will be children and family members (and likely newly eligible Medicaid clients under the Affordable Care Act.)

For more information check out the HFS Care Coordination Site

Stephanie Altman
Health & Disability Advocates

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