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Southcoast Hospitals Group has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.

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ACO Name & Location

Southcoast Accountable Care Organization LLC
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

ACO Primary Contact

Keith A. Hovan
President & CEO
Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508-679-7103

Composition of ACO

Partnership arrangement between hospitals and ACO professionals

ACO Participants

ACO Governing Body

Board of Managers 

  • Keith A. Hovan, Voting member and President/Ex-officio
  • Warren Wood, MD, Voting member and Chair
  • Christopher P. Cheney, MD, Voting member, Southcoast Physicians Group
  • Robert Tarola, Voting member and CFO/Exec VP
  • Joseph A. Costa, DO, Voting member, Southcoast Physicians Group
  • Paul B. Iannini, MD, Voting member, Southcoast Hospitals Group
  • Annemarie Kelly, Voting member, Medicare benficiary representative
  • Robert McGowen, MD, Voting member, Southcoast Physicians Group
  • Curtis J. Mello, MD, Voting member, Southcoast Physicians Group
  • Ronald A. Schwartz, MD, Voting member, Southcoast Physicians Group
  • Sowmya Viswanthan, MD, MBA, Voting member, Southcoast Physician Network
  • Hugh Woolverton, MD, Voting member, Southcoast Physicians Group

ACO Committees and Key Leadership

ACO Workteam 

  • Warren Wood, M.D., President, Southcoast Physician Group
  • Melissa Rose, Vice President, Payor Contracting and Reimbursement
  • Sharon Jones, President & CEO, Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, Southcoast Health System
  • Karen Mayer, Sr. Project Manager ACO
  • Janice Romagnolo, VP, Post Acute Care Services
  • Joyce Brennan, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
  • Traci McNeil, Marketing & Public Relations,
  • Patrick Gannon, RPh, MS, FABS, Chief Quality Office
  • Joan McFaul, Senior Vice President/CIO
  • Sowmya Viswanthan, MD, MBA, Physician in Chief

Aggregate Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • 2013 - Performance Year 1: Zero (Track 1)
  • 2014 - Performance Year 2: Zero (Track 1)
  • 2015 - Performance Year 3 TBD


How Shared Savings Are Distributed

  • Reinvest in infrastructure: 10%
  • Distribution to ACO participants: 90%
  • Primary Care Professionals: 50%
  • Specialists: 15%
  • Hospital: 25%


Quality Performance Results

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