Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and Camden Coalition Staff

The transformative impact of New Jersey’s Medicaid ACOs

Map: New Jersey's 3 Medicaid ACO Demonstration Projects

Join the Good Care Collaborative Thursday, March 23, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm at Thomas Edison University in Trenton, New Jersey for a forum on the impact of community-based Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), here in New Jersey and across the country. Leaders from New Jersey’s three Medicaid ACOs— Trenton Health Team, Healthy Greater Newark, and the Camden Coalition— will share lessons learned and discuss how community-based Medicaid ACOs are reshaping New Jersey’s health care landscape.

Legislation establishing New Jersey’s three-year Medicaid ACO Demonstration Project was passed in 2011, and in 2015 Trenton Health Team, Healthy Greater Newark, and the Camden Coalition were selected as the state’s three Medicaid ACOs.

Community-based Medicaid ACOs bring their city’s health care providers and health care systems together to provide coordinated, patient centered care for an entire Medicaid population, with the goal of improving health and reducing costs. In Colorado, ACO-like structures have saved the state $77 million in Medicaid spending, and have demonstrated lower rates of emergency room visits, high cost imaging, and hospital readmissions.

Through regional collaboration, New Jersey’s ACOs have encouraged innovative and evidence-based interventions that suit the specific needs of their communities. These include initiatives to address homelessness and substance abuse issues and to address the overlap between health care and criminal justice systems.

Register for the forum to learn more about community-based Medicaid ACOs’ impact on population health in New Jersey, and about their transformative potential in some of New Jersey’s highest need communities.

Posted: March 7, 2017