On October 20, 2011, the federal government announced final rules providing guidance on how Accountable Care Organizations should be structured. These final rules could create a tipping point to help behavioral health provider organizations become part of the new healthcare ecosystem under health reform.
A new resource from the National Council outlines the key elements of the final rules and their implications for behavioral health providers. It answers the key questions:
- What really makes an ACO?
- Who can create and join an ACO?
- Where do behavioral health providers fit in?
The report also explains how behavioral health organizations can “ride the wave” and make the case for their participation in ACO. This report is the latest in our series helping provider organizations prepare for the changes ahead under health reform. To view additional resources, visit our website or check out our blog, MentalHealthcareReform.org.