As health care reform is seeking to restructure how care is delivered and reimbursed, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has come forth as a preferred model. A myriad of articles and conferences have appeared in response to the direction from the federal government in the hopes of educating both providers and insurers of not only what will constitute an ACO, but how they must operate to be successful.
Although many of the articles have little value, one written recently on behalf of the Advisory Board Company provides a wealth of knowledge in a well-organized fashion on this proposed model. Entitled “Health Care’s ‘Accountability Movement,' ” this article identifies and expands upon the 15 imperatives for success under accountable care. These 15 are organized into four categories:
• Physician alignment,
• Clinical transformation,
• Payment transformation and
• Information-powered health care.
As conversations about reforming how care is delivered continue and ACOs receive more and more focus, these considerations will become increasingly important.