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Franciscan Union ACO

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The Franciscan Union Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was selected for the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization in January 2013. Through the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Franciscan Union ACO will work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide Medicare-fee-for-service beneficiaries with high quality service and care, while reducing the growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination.

The partnership includes Franciscan Alliance and Union Hospital.

For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

Public Reporting​

Franciscan Union ACO
1515 W. Dragoon Trail
Mishawaka, IN 46544

ACO Primary Contact
Jennifer Westfall
(317) 782-7096

Organizational Information

ACO Participants

ACO Governing Body

  • ​AlbertTomchaney, MD, Voting Member, ACO Participant, Franciscan St. Francis Health
  • Jay Brehm, Voting Member, ACO ParticipantFranciscan St. Francis Health
  • Robert J. Brody, Voting Member, ACO ParticipantFranciscan St. Francis Health
  • Hans Andreasen,  MDVoting Member, ACO ParticipantUnion Associated Physician Clinic
  • Virginia HayesVoting Member, ACO ParticipantProvidence Medical Group, LLC
  • George Bittar, MDVoting Member, ACO Participant, Providence Medical Group, LLC
  • James Bolinger, DOVoting Member, ACO ParticipantUnion Hospital
  • Pat Board, Voting Member, ACO ParticipantUnion Health System
  • Steve Hulman,  Voting Member, ACO Participant,Union Hospital
  • James W.Christee, Voting Member, Medicare beneficiary representative 

Key Clinical and Administrative Leadership

  • ACO Executive: Jenny Westfall
  • Medical Director: Dr. Doug Gillepsie
  • Compliance Official: Joy Heim

ACO Committees and Committee Leaderships

  • Professional Services Committee: John Bolinger, DO, Chair​
  • Finance and Operations Committee: Jay Brehm, Chair

Types of ACO Paricipants:

LLC with Hospital, Outpatient Centers and ACO providers

Aggregate Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

Performance Year 1/2013: $0
Performance Year 2/2014: $0​
Performance Year 3/2015: not yet determined

How Shared Savings Are Distributed

The ACO’s shared savings model includes both reinvestment in ACO infrastructure and payments to ACO participants to help coordinate care for Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries.

33% of shared savings will be invested in ACO infrastructure, 33% will go to hospital facilities, and 33% will go to providers.

Quality Performance Results

Measure number​               ​Performance Measure​ 2012 Reporting Period 2013 Reporting Period 
​2014 Performance Summary Statistics ​

ACO Performance Rate Mean Performance Rate for All ACOs​ ACO Performance Rate Mean Performance Rate for All ACOs​
    ACO Performance Rate
    Mean Performance Rate for All ACOs​
​(ACO-1) ​Getting Timely Care, Appointments, and Information  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​83.04 ​80.13
​(ACO-2) ​How Well Your Doctors Communicate  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​92.86 ​92.39
​(ACO-3) ​Patients’ Rating of Doctor  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​92.75 ​91.58
​(ACO-4) ​Access to Specialists
N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​87.42 ​83.97
​(ACO-5) ​Health Promotion and Education  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​51.09 ​58.29
​(ACO-6) ​Shared Decision Making  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​72.97 ​74.6
​(ACO-7) ​Health Status/Functional Status
N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​72.92 ​71.1
(ACO-8)​ ​Risk Standardized, All Condition Readmissions  N/A N/A ​14.59 ​14.90 ​15.36 ​15.15
​(ACO-9) ​ASC Admissions: COPD or Asthma in Older Adults  N/A N/A ​1.36 ​1.17
(ACO-10)​ ​ASC Admission: Heart Failure  N/A N/A ​1.17 ​1.20
​(ACO-11) ​Percent of Primary Care Providers who Qualified for EHR Incentive Payment  N/A N/A ​72.00% ​ 66.21%​
​(ACO-12) ​Medication Reconciliation  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​99.70 ​82.61
​(ACO-13)​ ​Falls: Screening for Fall Risk  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​ 42.62 ​45.6
​(ACO-14)​ ​Influenza Immunization  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​62.44 ​57.51
​(ACO-15) ​Pneumococcal Vaccination  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​62.77 ​55.03
​(ACO-16) ​Adult Weight Screening and Follow-up

N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​49.34 ​66.75
(ACO-17)​ ​Tobacco Use Assessment and Cessation Intervention  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​98.01 ​86.79
​(ACO-18) ​Depression Screening   N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​41.00 ​39.27
​(ACO-19) ​Colorectal Cancer Screening  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​57.68 ​56.14
​(ACO-20) ​Mammography Screening  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​65.30 ​61.41
​Proportion of Adults who had blood pressure screened in past two years N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​99.67 ​60.24
​Beneficiaries with diabetes who met all of the following criteria N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​28.97 ​25.41
​(ACO-22) ​Hemoglobin A1c Control (HbA1c)
(<8 percent) 
N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​72.52 N/A
​(ACO-23) ​Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) (< 100 mg/dL)  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​55.30 N/A
​(ACO-24) ​Blood Pressure (BP) < 140/90  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​69.04 N/A
​(ACO-25) ​Tobacco Non-Use  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​96.19 N/A
​(ACO-26) ​Aspirin Use     N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​89.60 N/A
​(ACO-27) ​Percent of beneficiaries with diabetes whose HbA1c in poor control (>9 percent)  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​16.56​ ​20.35
​(ACO-28) ​Percent of beneficiaries with hypertension whose BP < 140/90  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​67.70 ​68.02
​(ACO-29) ​Percent of beneficiaries with IVD with complete lipid profile and LDL control < 100mg/dl  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​47.80 ​57.29
​(ACO-30) ​Percent of beneficiaries who use Aspirin or other antithrombotic  N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​ 88.51 ​80.79
​(ACO-31) ​Beta-Blocker Therapy for LVSD N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​95.00 ​82.71
​Percent of beneficiaries with CAD who met all of the following criteria N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​62.30 ​66.9
​(ACO-32) ​Drug Therapy for Lowering LDL-Cholesterol   N/A N/A N/A ​N/A 67.38 N/A
 (ACO-33)​ ​(ACE) Inhibitor or (ARB) Therapy for Patients with CAD and Diabetes and/or (LVSD) N/A N/A N/A ​N/A ​80.00 N/A

For more information on how to interpret scores on the above quality performance measures, see​