Accountable Care Organizations

Why Accountable Care? The current health care system, which pays for discrete medical services instead of outcomes, has resulted in fragmented care and fueled enormous growth in health care costs. To create a more sustainable system, we need a new model that holds health systems and providers accountable for the quality of care delivered to patients. By promoting strategic integration and rewards based on quality care, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model offers a potential win-win for providers, payers and patients alike.

How The Center for Medicare And Medicaid Innovation Should Test Accountable Care Organizations
Health Affairs, July 1, 2010;29, No. 7: 1293-98 A National Strategy To Put Accountable Care Into Practice
Health Affairs, May 1, 2010;29, No. 5: 982-990 Assigning Ambulatory Patients and Their Physicians to Hospitals: A Method for Obtaining Population-Based Provider Performance Measurements
HSR: Health Service Research, Febuary 2007;42:1: 45-62 Creating Accountable Care Organizations
Health Affairs, December 5, 2006;26: 44-57 Building the path to accountable care
The New England Journal of Medicine, December 29, 2011;365(26): 2445-7doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1112442
Accountable care organizations: accountable for what, to whom, and how
JAMA, October 20, 2010;304(15): 1715-6doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1513
Spending Differences Associated With the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration
The Journal of the American Medical Association, September 12, 2012;308: 1015-102310.1001/2012.jama.10812

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