A Pioneer ACO One Year Later: Q & A With Presbyterian Pioneer ACO’s Tracy Brewer

Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., is one of the 32 organizations that was chosen by the CMS Innovation Center to participate in the Pioneer accountable care organization program in December 2011. Now, nearly a year later, Presbyterian is in the thick of updating its IT infrastructure and educating the new members of its ACO.
Tracy Brewer is the lead project manager of Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ ACO and has been involved in the process of becoming an ACO from the very beginning — she assisted with Presbyterian’s Pioneer application. Here, she reviews the organization’s first year as one of the first ACOs and shares some tips for success.