Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations:
Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of the ACO Model

Integrated delivery model? Check. Coordinated care and services? Check. Improved
quality and reduced costs? Check. Survival strategy to maintain market share and
improve profitability? Check.

Provider partnerships forged through accountable care organizations (ACOs) hit all
of the marks for healthcare delivery reform set forth by the Patient Protection and
Affordability Act (PPACA) and offer a key opportunity to boost revenue. With CMS
set to release guidelines for Medicare ACOs under its Shared Savings Program
and the NCQA polishing its ACO guidelines, it's not too early for healthcare
organizations to assess market position and readiness for the ACO model
and move quickly to improve profitability and market share.

Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of the ACO Model The Essential Guide to Accountable Care
Organizations: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities
of the ACO Model
answers key questions surrounding
ACOs so that hospitals, PHOs, IPAs and other physician
organizations, networks or group practices can weigh the
merits now of creating an ACO and complete the necessary
groundwork before CMS's ACO operation date of January 2012.

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Healthcare decision-makers must consider their organizations'
competitive landscape and market share now because the new
law provides that physicians and other professionals in group practices or networks of
practices, hospitals employing physicians/professionals, partnerships or joint ventures
between hospitals and physicians and others can become an ACO.

The 60-page Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations: Challenges, Risks
and Opportunities of the ACO Model
delivers a detailed analysis of CMS's Medicare
ACO Shared Savings Program as well the short- and long-term financial opportunities
afforded by ACOs and an inside look at two existing ACOs and the lessons learned
from their development and launch.

This comprehensive guide provides details on the following:

  • Defining ACOs;
  • Assessing ACO risks and opportunities;
  • Developing an organizational strategic assessment;
  • Estimating the size of the ACO opportunity for hospitals and other organization;
  • Determining system changes required before launching an ACO;
  • Developing performance measures and an incentives program for year one
    and beyond;
  • Enlisting healthcare providers to be accountable to their outcomes;
  • Setting provider payments to support an ACO;
  • Gaining stakeholder support early in the process;
  • Creating the ACO roll-out plan.
  • and much, much more, including answers to nearly 30 FAQs on accountable
    care organizations.

Don't wait to order your organization's copy of The Essential Guide to Accountable
Care Organizations: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of the ACO Model
to
determine the financial opportunities for your organization with the ACO model.

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Sincerely,

Melanie Matthews
Executive Vice President
The Healthcare Intellligence Network
mmatthews@hin.com

P.S. As your organization evaluates the ACO opportunity, you'll want the sound advice
from early adopters of the ACO model in the Essential Guide to Accountable Care
Organizations: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of the ACO Model
.
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