A new resource from Kaiser Health News provides answers to commonly asked questions about Accountable Care Organizations. Created as part of health reform, the ACO model is intended to save the health system money by better integrating and coordinating care. As Kaiser Health News writes:
The concept is still short on details. ACOs have been compared to the elusive unicorn: everyone seems to know what it looks like, but nobody’s actually seen one. Exactly how ACOs would work in practice remains to be seen… Here is a brief guide to what we know about ACOs so far.
For more information on Accountable Care Organizations and adapting your organization to survive and thrive among new models of service delivery and payment, see our webchat with guest blogger Dale Jarvis. On Oct. 4, 2010, Dale took readers’ questions about changes to healthcare organization, delivery, and services. The Q&A covers topics from provider training to integration models, reimbursement, and more.