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Gundersen Health ACO

Gundersen Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO), LLC was established in 2022. This ACO is a patient-centered group of hospitals and clinics across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa that have joined to become members of a single organization where the patient and clinicians are partners in care. Members coordinate care for seamless, high-quality care for Medicare Fee-For-Service patients. Wholly owned by the participants, the infrastructure, governance, and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) requirements are centralized and managed by the members through the ACO Board of Managers. A standardized approach to care coordination, patient engagement, promotion of evidence-based medicine, and quality reporting has been implemented in each community.

Mission

Gundersen Health System’s mission is to provide quality care and great patient experience, improve community health, and reduce the cost of care. Gundersen Health ACO allows healthcare entities to carefully implement and evaluate new delivery models to understand their impact on the health, quality, and financial viability of their community and healthcare delivery system.

What is an ACO and how will it benefit me?

An accountable care organization (ACO) is a group of clinicians and other healthcare providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high-quality service and care at the right time in the right setting. Your clinician has agreed to participate in a Medicare Shared Savings ACO and to work closely with other clinicians and care teams to coordinate care. Utilizing data from Medicare, each ACO clinician will know your medical history, including your medical conditions, prescriptions, and visits to other clinicians, and be able to provide you with the right care at the right time in the right setting, while eliminating redundancies in care.

ACO Name and Location

Gundersen Health Accountable Care Organization, LLC
1836 South Avenue
La Crosse, WI 54601

ACO Primary Contact

Kay Marsyla

Quality Performance Results

To be completed after the conclusion of the first performance year.

Gundersen Health ACO Participants

Gundersen Health ACO participants are a network of ACO professionals. No participants are involved in a joint venture between ACO professionals and hospitals.

Download 2022 ACO Participants List

Key Gundersen Health ACO Clinical and Administrative Leadership

  • ACO Executive/Board Chair: Marilu Bintz, MD, Gundersen Health System
  • Medical Director: Todd Kowalski, MD, Gundersen Health System
  • ACO Director: Jerry Oetzel, Gundersen Health System
  • Compliance Officer: Kari Adank, Gundersen Health System
  • Quality Assurance/Improvement Officer: Dawn Thorsten, Gundersen Health System

Types of ACO participants or combinations of participants that formed the ACO

  • Network of individual practices of ACO professionals

Shared Savings and Losses

  • Year 1 (2022) will be available in 2023

Waivers

  • GHS ACO does not use any payment waivers at this time.

Associated Committees

  • QPI Committee
    • Committee leader name and position
      • Marilu Bintz, MD, Chief Population Health Officer
  • Finance Committee
    • Committee leader name and position
      • Jerry Oetzel, Chief Financial Officer

Gundersen Health ACO Board

Each member's voting power on the Gundersen Health ACO Board is 11.1%

Lynn Blakely
Voting Member
Beneficiary
N/A

Marilu Bintz, MD
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Gundersen Health System

Bill Farrell
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Gundersen Health System

Todd Kowalski, MD
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Medical Director
Gundersen Health System

Kay Marsyla
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Gundersen Health System

Jerry Oetzel
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Gundersen Health System

Heather Schimmers
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Gundersen Health System

Lisa Sheldon
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Gundersen Health System

Dawn Thorsten
Voting Member
Participant Representative
Gundersen Health System

Dan Lilly
Non-Voting Member
Advisory
Gundersen Health System

Maria Ludwigson
Non-Voting Member
Advisory
Gundersen Health System

ACO Leadership Structure

ACO Leadership Structure

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