This Week's Challenge: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) create integrated delivery systems that encourage teams of physicians, hospitals and other providers to collaboratively coordinate care for ACO members. We wanted to see which providers will participate in ACOs in the near future.
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What We Learned:
Responses provided by 228 healthcare organizations, submitted before CMS released its proposed rule, indicate that a significant segment of the industry is reframing its care delivery structure as an ACO or will do so in the near future. According to respondents, the top five types of providers who will participate in ACOs in the next 12 months are:
- Primary care physician: 95.9 percent
- Specialist: 85.7 percent
- Hospital: 73.5 percent
- Pharmacist: 42.9 percent
- Skilled nursing facility: 20.4 percent
For additional research data and insights on this topic:
Download the executive summary of 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations: Metrics from Early ACO Adopters.
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Excerpted from 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations: Metrics from Early ACO Adopters, which delivers actionable data from 228 healthcare companies that responded to HIN's February 2011 ACO readiness assessment. The result? A comprehensive snapshot of ACO awareness, participation, administration, targeted populations, payment models and much more from healthcare companies already immersed in the ACO architecture.