UNDERSTANDING ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS (ACO)

The goal of collaborative care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary service duplication and medical errors.

To lower costs and ensure consistently high-quality care, groups of physicians and hospitals are embracing value-based care delivery models and becoming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to provide collaborative care. ACOs cover roughly 37 to 43 million patients nationally and accept financial risk for both the quality and cost of care.

When an ACO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and

 

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