Dr. Thomas Kloos, president of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and director of the Atlantic Management Services Organization (MSO), was named chair of the board of directors for the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS).
Kloos, who is also a vice president for Atlantic Health System, has led the organization’s efforts in coordinated care, which have enhanced quality while reducing costs since it began participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2012.
Last year, he served as vice-chair of the NAACOS, of which he is a longtime member.
“Serving the last year as vice-chair has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to get a better view of the excellent work being done by NAACOS and its member ACOs across the country,” Kloos said. “I’m looking forward to this year as chair, continuing to learn from peers, while also sharing the excellent work being done at Atlantic Health System’s own ACOs to better coordinate care for our patients and improve the health of our communities.”
The Atlantic Management Services Organization currently manages Atlantic Health System’s four ACOs – Atlantic ACO, Optimus Health Care Partners, Health Care Quality Partners ACO, and Care Better ACO – which, combined, represent more than 85,700 Medicare beneficiaries.
Since the MSSP’s inception, the Atlantic Health’s ACOs have generated savings to Medicare of more than $100 million and received $45.5 million in shared savings payments while averaging more than 90 percent on quality measures. Practice transformation, partnership, and coordination of care among the hospital system, specialists and primary care doctors have generated these results.
Kloos was also instrumental in establishing Atlantic Health’s clinically integrated network, Atlantic Alliance, which represents more than 2,500 providers.