The Minnesota Rural Accountable Care Organization (ACO) developed in 2016 with ACO Investment Model (AIM) funding. The ACO includes five rural hospitals and an urban clinic. An overview of the national ACO landscape, as well as its development in rural Minnesota will be provided. Barriers and lessons learned will be highlighted as well as financial, clinical and patient perspectives.
Kelly Fluharty is the Community Care Organization Manager for Winona Health Services in Winona. There she serves as the project manager for the implementation of their Medicare and Medicaid ACOs, and is responsible for stewarding multiple population health improvement initiatives. Prior to this position, she worked in county Public Health agencies in the metro St. Louis, Missouri area. Kelly received her BA in Anthropology from Beloit College and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health.
Dan has ten years of experience in the healthcare field. He is passionate about quality improvement and aligning strategies to improve population health. In 2013, he helped develop a health coaching program within primary care, which Riverwood continues to offer free of charge for their patients. He currently serves as a Health Coach and ACO Program Manager at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, MN. Dan is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration.
Brett serves as Vice President for Caravan Health working with hospitals, health systems, and providers to transition from fee for service to value-based payment models. Brett began her career working for Cerner as the business development executive for CommunityWorks. In 2014, Brett took the role of vice president of marketing and sales operations for the Optum One Analytics team. Brett has a Bachelors degree in marketing from the University of Missouri and Master’s Degree in policy from the University of Kansas City-Missouri.