ACO Name and Location

Caravan Health ACO 12 LLC
dba Wilderness Health ACO
7509 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway
Ste. 310
Kansas City, Missouri 64153

ACO Primary Contact

Primary Contact Name Desiree Brewer
Primary Contact Phone Number 916-542-4582
Primary Contact Email Address

Organizational Information

ACO participants:
ACO Participants ACO Participant in Joint Venture (Enter Y or N)
St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth Y
International Falls Memorial Hospital Association Y
Community Memorial Hospital Association Y
Lake View Memorial Hospital, Inc. Y
Northland Gastroenterology, P. A. N
Range Foot & Ankle PLC N
ACO governing body:
Member Member’s Voting Power Membership Type ACO Participant TIN
Legal Business Name/DBA, if Applicable
Last Name First Name Title/Position
Terhaar Kim Secretary 1 ACO Participant Representative St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth
Beardsly Cassandra Executive Director 1 ACO Participant Representative St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth
Lower Trina Non-Voting Member 0 ACO Participant Representative Mercy Hospital
Perterson Dr. Gary ACO Medical Director  0 ACO Participant Representative St. Luke's Hospital of Duluth
Nokels Kevin Vice-Chairman 1 ACO Participant Representative St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth
Ruberg Greg Chairman 1 ACO Participant Representative Lake View Memorial Hospital, Inc.
Breurer Rick Treasurer 1 ACO Participant Representative Community Memorial Hospital Association
Pastor Robert Board Member 1 ACO Participant Representative Rainy Lake Medical Center
Hall Ed Board Member 1 Medicare Beneficiary
Key ACO clinical and administrative leadership:
Greg Paris ACO Executive
Gary Peterson, MD Medical Director
Leeann Hastings Compliance Officer
Rayna Caplan Quality Assurance/Improvement Officer
Associated committees and committee leadership:
Committee Name Committee Leader Name and Position
Information Technology Committee Mike Kongsjord, Chairman
Care Coordination & Patient Engagement Committee Ben Bengtson, Chairman
Evidence-Based Medicine Committee Gary Peterson, Chairman
Finance Committee Eric Lohn, Chairman
Quality & Performance Improvement Committee Kathy Johnson, Chairman

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

  • Critical Access Hospital (CAH) billing under Method II
  • Hospital employing ACO professionals
  • Partnerships or joint venture arrangements between hospitals and ACO professionals

Shared Savings and Losses

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • First Agreement Period
    • Performance Year 2019, $0

Shared Savings Distribution

  • First Agreement Period
    • Performance Year 2019
      • Proportion invested in infrastructure: N/A
      • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources: N/A
      • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants: N/A

Quality Performance Results

2019 Quality Performance Results:
ACO# Measure Name Rate ACO Mean
ACO-1 CAHPS: Getting Timely Care, Appointments, and Information 84.32 85.86
ACO2 CAHPS: How Well Your Providers Communicate 94.55 94.11
ACO-3 CAHPS: Patients’ Rating of Provider 92.17 92.69
ACO-4 CAHPS: Access to Specialists 79.58 81.54
ACO-5 CAHPS: Health Promotion and Education 58.21 60.44
ACO-6 CAHPS: Shared Decision Making 59.46 62.78
ACO-7 CAHPS: Health Status/Functional Status 76.46 73.79
ACO-34 CAHPS: Stewardship of Patient Resources 19.16 26.17
ACO-45 CAHPS: Courteous and Helpful Office Staff 94.33 92.84
ACO-46 CAHPS: Care Coordination 85.42 86.89
ACO-8 Risk Standardized, All Condition Readmission 14.79 14.86
ACO-38 All-Cause Unplanned Admissions for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions 61.36 58.15
ACO-43 Ambulatory Sensitive Condition Acute Composite (AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicator (PQI) #91) 1.58 1.87
ACO-13 Falls: Screening for Future Fall Risk 51.03 84.04
ACO-14 Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization 68.95 74.77
ACO-17 Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention 45.16 78.04
ACO-18 Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up Plan 38.46 70.40
ACO-19 Colorectal Cancer Screening 65.86 70.76
ACO-20 Breast Cancer Screening 68.48 73.84
ACO-42 Statin Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease 85.14 82.17
ACO-27 Diabetes Mellitus: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control 14.86 13.88
ACO-28 Hypertension (HTN): Controlling High Blood Pressure 70.46 75.04
Please note, the ACO-40 Depression Remission at 12 months quality measure is not included in public reporting due to low sample size.  
Note: In the Quality Performance Results file(s) above, search for “Caravan Health ACO 12 LLC” or “Wilderness Health ACO” to view the quality performance results. This ACO can also be found by using the ACO ID A3575 in the public use files on

Payment Rule Waivers

  • No, our ACO does not use the SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver.
Arrangements Disclosed
The ACO Board of Managers for Caravan Health ACO 12 LLC (“Board”) has formally determined the following arrangements are reasonably related to the purposes of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”), as required for use of the MSSP ACO Participation Waiver:
Participant Support Arrangements
Under the applicable Participant Agreements between the ACO and the Participants listed above, certain Participants are designated as Principal Participants and others are Non-Principal Participants.  Under the Service Agreements between each Participant and Caravan Health, Inc., the Principal Participants have agreed to pay for certain ACO-related expenses of the Non-Principal Participants in their respective regions, including management fees owed by each Non-Principal Participant.  In each case, the fees and other expenses paid by the Principal Participants on behalf of the Non-Principal Participants will be set in advance, will not vary based on the volume or value of any referrals between the Principal Participants and Non-Principal Participants (except to the extent such referrals indirectly contribute to the earning of shared savings or shared losses as applicable).
Through a formal resolution dated March 16, 2018, the Board determined that these arrangements are reasonably related to the purposes of the Medicare Shared Savings Program because they facilitate the participation of the Non-Principal Participants in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which: i) promotes the accountability of Non-Principal Participants for the quality, cost, and overall care for a Medicare patient population as described in the Shared Savings Program; ii) promotes the management and coordination of care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries attributed to Non-Principal Participants through an ACO; and iii) encourages investment in infrastructure and redesigned care processes for high quality and efficient service delivery for patients, including Medicare beneficiaries, served by Non-Principal Participants.

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