Accountable Care Organization

Accountable Care Organization

Accountable Care Organization

Northwestern Medicine Physician Network, LLC, is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). This recognizes our ability to work together with CMS and participating physicians to provide high-quality service to our Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries, ensuring they receive the right care at the right time in the right setting. As an organization, we work closely with physicians and other healthcare providers participating in the ACO to promote seamless, coordinated care.

Northwestern Medicine Physician Network ACO helps providers to track a Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiary’s services across multiple care settings to ensure that each healthcare provider who has a role in a Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiary’s care can have a complete picture—providing an improved care experience for each patient. This section describes important information for the public about Northwestern Medicine Physician Network ACO.

ACO Name and Location

Cadence Health ACO, LLC DBA Northwestern Medicine Physician Network ACO
1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 750E
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523


ACO Primary Contact

Primary Contact Name Val Sylejmani
Primary Contact Phone Number 630.933.3267
Primary Contact Email Address Val.sylejmani@nm.org

Organizational Information

ACO participants:

ACO Participants ACO Participant in Joint Venture (Enter Y or N)
West Suburban Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery N
Family Health and Fitness Specialists, LTD N
Susan J W Acuna MD SC N
George Gonnella, D.O., LLC N
DuPage Gynecology, SC N
Stratford Internal Medicine, S.C. N
Becker Family Medicine, S.C. N
Armbrust 7, LLC N
Gastroenterology Group Practice, LLC N
Suburban Neurology Group, LLC N
Aagaard 5, LLC N
Well Spring Family Physicians, LLC N
Personalized Physicians Group, Ltd. N
Advanced Center for Internal Medicine N
Winfield Family Practice, LLC N
Janeta Dimante M.D. S.C. N
John Carroll N
Central Dupage Hospital Association N
Surgery Group S.C. N
Wheaton Eye Clinic LTD N
DuPage Obstetrics and Gynecology, S.C. N
DuKane Obstetrics & Gynecology LTD N
Wheaton Orthopaedics, LTD N
William Bayer N
Fox Valley Family Physicians, SC N
Geneva Eye Clinic LTD N
Associated General Surgeons, S.C. N
Fifth Ave Primary Care Physicians Sc N
Northwest Podiatry Center N
Fox Prairie Medical Group, P.C. N
Fox Valley Ear, Nose and Throat, Assoc., S.C. N
Lee Lichtenberg, MD., S.C. N
Allergy & Asthma Medical Associates N
Central Dupage Physician Group N
Suburban Lung Associates SC N
Delnor-Community Hospital N
West Suburban Surg Asso d/b/a Advanced Breast Care Specialists N
Valley Emergency Care Management, INC. N
Greg E Sharon MD SC N
Dupage Surgical Consultants N
Midwest Surgery SC N
Illinois Urological Institute N
Greater Valley Medicine, S.C. N
Instep Podiatry, P.C. N
A & M Internal Medicine Ltd N
Fox Valley Endocrinology, LLC N
Ramona C. Marsh, M.D., S.C. N
Fox Valley Children's Medicine, S.C. N
Sharon L. Horton, MD, PC N
DuPage Neurosurgery, S.C. N
Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine LLC N
Robin Pastore Dpm Pc N
Cornerstone Medical Group Inc N
Grosskopf Orthopedic, S.C. N
DuPage Foot and Ankle, LLC N
Thakkar S.C. N
OAD Orthopaedics, LTD N
DuPage Meta-Vascular Medicine PC N
Sharon Duval, M.D., S.C. N

ACO governing body:

All members listed below have 1 voting power

Member Membership Type ACO Participant TIN Legal Business Name/DBA, if Applicable
Last Name First Name Title/Position
Burandt Steven DO/Chair Physician Representative Central DuPage Physician Group
Armbrust Steve MD/Voting Member Physician Representative Armbrust 7, LLC
Towne Patrick MD/Voting Member System Representative Central DuPage Physician Group
Vaikutis John DO/Voting Member Physician Representative Central DuPage Physician Group
Ambler Doug MD/Voting Member Physician Representative Central DuPage Physician Group
Geyer Richard Voting Member Medicare Beneficiary Representative N/A
Brian Walsh Voting Member System Representative Central DuPage Hospital Association
Aagaard Jon MD/Voting Member Physician Representative Aagaard 5, LLC

Key ACO clinical and administrative leadership:

Brian Walsh ACO Executive
Gary Wainer Medical Director
Justine Dover Compliance Officer
Bushra Khan Quality Assurance/Improvement Officer

Associated committees and committee leadership:‚Äč

Committee Name Committee Leader Name and Position
Physician and Patient Engagement Committee Gary Wainer, Medical Director
Quality Improvement Committee Bushra Khan, Director of Quality

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

  • Networks of individual practices of ACO professionals
  • Hospital employing ACO professionals

Shared Savings and Losses

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • First Agreement Period
    • Performance Year 2016, $0
    • Performance Year 2015, $0

Shared Savings Distribution

  • First Agreement Period
    • Performance Year 2016
      • Proportion invested in infrastructure: N/A
      • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources: N/A
      • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants: N/A
    • Performance Year 2015
      • Proportion invested in infrastructure: N/A
      • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources: N/A
      • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants: N/A

Payment Rule Waivers

  • No, our ACO does not use the SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver

Quality Performance Results

For questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, visit the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov/manage-your-health/coordinating-your-care/coordinating-your-care.html*, or call:

  • 1.800.633.4227 (1.800.MEDICARE)
  • 1.877.486.2048 (TTY)
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