Accountable Care Organizations in Action: New Study - The Minute

Accountable Care Organizations in Action: New Study - The Minute

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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 4:00pm


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The Accountable Care Organization model has been touted as the innovative alternative to the current fee-for-service payment system. But as a new and transformative idea in health care, there hasn’t been much data on how it’s working.

Now, health care policy researchers have released a national study of one hundred seventy- three ACOs that puts numbers to the doctor buy-in of the new model, and concludes that leadership from M.D.s may be the key to its success. Reporting in Health Affairs, researchers found that 51 percent of ACOs are physician-led, with another 33 percent jointly led by physicians and hospitals. In 78 percent of ACOs, physicians make up a majority of the governing board, and physicians own the equipment and employ the staff in 40 percent of the new organizations. Two-thirds of physician-led ACOs participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

The researchers also found that physician-led ACOs lead in outpatient care management and health IT, but trail in their ability to manage across care settings because physician-led ACOs are less likely to include hospitals or post-acute care facilities. This initial data shows that doctors are buying into the new health care model in big numbers. Looks like the long-promised revolution in U.S. health care is finally under way.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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