It has been a busy time at the club and also for this writer. So, time to catch up with this and a number of articles that will be forthcoming. 

(left photo) Jim Risner, Rotarian host (standing), introduces Dr. Dan Fowler 
(right) Dr. Dan in his usual casual bedside manner explains ACO finer points 

Dr. Daniel Fowler, TAMC, Fort Fairfield Health Center, accompanied by Dr. James McKenney, TAMC, Vice President, Diagnostic and Support Services, visited and provided information concerning Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). Dr. Dan explained many benefits provided by ACO’s and how the ACO model is designed for healthcare organizations and providers that are experienced in coordinating care for patients across the various care settings. It is designed to work in coordination with private payers by aligning provider incentives, which improves quality and health outcomes, as well as cost savings. Additional information relating to ACO’s may be found on the following EMHS website: http://www.emhs.org/Beacon/Becoming-an-Accountable-Care-Organization.aspx 

(left photo) Dr. James McKenney (Dr. Jim) listens along with Rotarians 
(right) Dr. Dan listens to a question from the floor

Rotarians Paul Towle, Gary Sorois, Effie Murchie, Kevin Murchie, and Tracy Copeland listen