accountable care organization


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accountable care organization

n.
A network of medical providers, consisting of hospitals, doctors, home health agencies, and others, that agrees to coordinate and share the costs associated with the delivery of health care to Medicare patients.
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The accountable care organization (ACO) concept is central to the health system reform envisioned by the Affordable Care Act, but what it would look like or how it would work has been variously and loosely defined.
Download more metrics from the complimentary HINtelligence report, "Accountable Care Organizations in 2017: ACO Adoption Doubles in 4 Years as Shared Savings Gain Favor," at http://www.hin.com/library/registerACO2017.html.
As Harold Miller of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform asserts, "It seems clear that in order to be accountable for the health and health care of a broad population of patients, an accountable care organization must have one or more primary care practices playing a central role."
Is your organization considering becoming an accountable care organization? Are you executing episodic payments today?
A new report (1) finds that 49% of surveyed primary care physicians expect to participate in an accountable care organization in the next year.
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