Mark Fourre, MD
President, Coastal Healthcare Alliance
Chair, MaineHealth ACO Board of Directors
Moving Forward

Perhaps the most important statistic in this report is the total amount of savings that the ACO’s highest performing contracts achieved in a single year: $23 million.

To me, that number represents the value of the ACO. Simply put, it’s the difference between what Medicare, MaineCare, large employers, and private insurance companies expected to pay for care contracted through the ACO and the amount they actually paid. But its meaning is more profound than that. It suggests that more of our patients are getting the right care, at the right place, at the right time. And it’s evidence that the ACO’s payment model, value-based care, does in fact control costs. The 4,000 providers participating in the ACO, and their teams, have every reason to be proud of their accomplishments, particularly knowing that they achieved savings while simultaneously improving quality.

The ACO and its participants will likely continue this positive trend well into the future. Yes, the pandemic may slow progress in the short term. But in the long term, I expect to see increased savings, continued reductions in avoidable care, and the same positive quality trajectory. This optimism grows from my long acquaintance with the ACO. Over the years, I’ve seen it develop impressive data analytics capabilities that are crucial to value-based care success. I’ve seen the contracting team grow in experience and sophistication. I’ve seen its smart, passionate leaders confront challenges and blaze a sustainable path forward. Among all the uncertainty of our present time, I’m certain of one thing: the ACO is well positioned to lead Maine into the value-based future of health care with confidence, competence and a strong likelihood of success.

Mark Fourre, MD
President, Coastal Healthcare Alliance
Chair, MaineHealth ACO Board of Directors



2020 Annual Report

Mark Fourre, MD
President, Coastal Healthcare Alliance
Chair, MaineHealth ACO Board of Directors

Moving Forward

Perhaps the most important statistic in this report is the total amount of savings that the ACO’s highest performing contracts achieved in a single year: $23 million.

To me, that number represents the value of the ACO. Simply put, it’s the difference between what Medicare, MaineCare, large employers, and private insurance companies expected to pay for care contracted through the ACO and the amount they actually paid. But its meaning is more profound than that. It suggests that more of our patients are getting the right care, at the right place, at the right time. And it’s evidence that the ACO’s payment model, value-based care, does in fact control costs. The 4,000 providers participating in the ACO, and their teams, have every reason to be proud of their accomplishments, particularly knowing that they achieved savings while simultaneously improving quality.

The ACO and its participants will likely continue this positive trend well into the future. Yes, the pandemic may slow progress in the short term. But in the long term, I expect to see increased savings, continued reductions in avoidable care, and the same positive quality trajectory. This optimism grows from my long acquaintance with the ACO. Over the years, I’ve seen it develop impressive data analytics capabilities that are crucial to value-based care success. I’ve seen the contracting team grow in experience and sophistication. I’ve seen its smart, passionate leaders confront challenges and blaze a sustainable path forward. Among all the uncertainty of our present time, I’m certain of one thing: the ACO is well positioned to lead Maine into the value-based future of health care with confidence, competence and a strong likelihood of success.

Mark Fourre, MD
President, Coastal Healthcare Alliance
Chair, MaineHealth ACO Board of Directors