Accountable Care Organizations: A New Model for Sustainable Innovation

New study examines features, challenges and potential of ACOs


As the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) begins to be implemented, the likelihood of changes in payment models that reward provider performance and enhance coordination of care is high.

Accountable care organizations (ACOs), a method for integrating local physicians with other members of the health care system and rewarding them for controlling costs and improving quality, have the potential to drive payment reform in the public and private health care sectors. However, the alignment of primary care physicians with specialists, hospitals, health plans and other industry stakeholders could prove challenging.

How might the adoption of ACOs impact organizations? What should organizations know about this innovation in health care delivery? "Accountable Care Organizations: A New Model for Sustainable Innovation" addresses these important questions.

This new study by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions:

  • Reviews the origins, definition and drivers of ACOs
  • Describes key features of proposed ACO initiatives, including the federal government’s planned pilot program
  • Profiles four structural approaches that are eligible for ACO status
  • Identifies seven key capabilities that are important considerations for ACO performance
  • Offers Deloitte’s perspective on the path forward, anticipated challenges and potential innovations that could increase ACO adoption.

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