2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations
Healthcare Intelligence Network
Press Release: ACO Metrics and Benchmarks

Press Release
Contact: Melanie Matthews
888-446-3530 phone

Sea Girt NJ USA -- August 10, 2015: Even before CMS published its agenda for moving Medicare into value-based payment models like the accountable care organization (ACO), the number of public and private ACOs had exceeded 700, by a Leavitt Partners estimate.

Already, more than 20 percent of healthcare organizations plan to participate in Medicare's latest accountable care model, the Next Generation ACO, in the coming year.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care OrganizationsSupport for CMS's latest alternative payment offering is just one of the ACO metrics contained in 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations. HIN's fourth annual compendium of metrics on ACOs captures how ACOs are faring in an industry rapidly shifting away from fee for service to one that rewards quality, the patient and population experiences, and cost efficiencies.

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This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, delivers actionable data from more than 110 healthcare companies who completed HIN's fourth comprehensive ACO assessment in April 2015.

New in the 2015 Edition:

  • Feedback on CMS's new Next Generation ACO model;
  • Comparative 2013-to-2015 data on key ACO metrics;
  • Expectations for CMS's recently announced timeline to move Medicare payments to alternative payment models;
  • Utilization of embedded case management in ACOs;
  • Favored ACO accreditation and recognition programs;
  • Telehealth and telemedicine use by ACOs;
  • The most effective tools, protocols and work flows in use in ACOs — in respondents' own words;
  • The complete August 2015 Accountable Care Organizations survey tool.

Standard ACO Metrics Set:

As HIN benchmarks readers and members have come to expect, 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations continues to document the ways in which accountable care is transforming healthcare delivery, particularly in the area of care coordination, where the ACO model once again has had enormous impact for this year's respondents, and avoidable hospital utilization, on which the ACO model is also reporting a downward trend.

For the fourth consecutive year, 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations provides sector-specific qualitative data in the following areas:

  • Current and planned ACOs;
  • Numbers of physicians participating in ACOs;
  • Types of providers participating in ACOs;
  • Principal ACO administrators;
  • Participation by ACO model (MSSP, Pioneer ACO, etc.)
  • Populations covered by current ACOs;
  • Numbers of lives covered by current ACOs;
  • Time required for ACO development;
  • ACO program components, including the use of electronic health records (EHRs), patient portals, evidence-based care, and other elements;
  • Reimbursement models in use in ACOs;
  • Metrics to evaluate ACO success;
  • Preferred quality, efficiency and satisfaction measure sets in use in ACOs;
  • ROI from ACOs;
  • Impact of ACO model on population health, healthcare spend and other indicators;
  • Early successes from ACOs;
  • Greatest challenges associated with an ACO launch;
And much more.

These metrics are presented in more than 60 easy-to-follow graphs and tables.

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