aco_bannerAn accountable care organization (ACO) is a healthcare organization characterized by a payment and care delivery model that seeks to tie provider reimbursements to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care for an assigned population of patients. A group of coordinated health care providers forms an ACO, which then provides care to a group of patients. The ACO may use a range of payment models (capitation, fee-for-service with asymmetric or symmetric shared savings, etc.). The ACO is accountable to the patients and the third-party payer for the quality, appropriateness and efficiency of the health care provided.

Some ACOs Save Money By Adding Dentists

A handful of accountable care organizations are experimenting with dental care and find it reduces ER visits. Meanwhile, new rules allow ACO doctors to send patients directly to nursing homes and optometrists are pushing to be part of the joint ventures.

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By and On Monday, May 18th, 2015

Accountable Care Enrollees to Triple by 2020

National Center for Policy Analysis — David Muhlestein of Leavitt Partners predicts that the number of patients enrolled in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will rise from 23.5 million today to 72 million in 2020.

By and On Monday, May 18th, 2015

The Uber strategy in healthcare — Can it work with ACOs?

Uber and/or accountable care organizations? Becker’s Hospital Review — “In most cases, pursuing population health strategy can be complimentary to the consumer-oriented healthcare strategy,” said Mr. Helfand. “ACO and/or UBER. They both have a channel strategy; focus on how it applies to you and imperatives going forward. The retail consumer is becoming empowered by changing healthcare plans. […]

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