Health Policy

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As a healthcare system which includes 8 acute care hospitals (one being an academic medical center,) 6 urgent care centers and 2 surgery centers, it is crucial that we stay abreast of current policy and changes to policy as they occur, in an effort to stay competitive in the marketplace. This is the most current research as it relates to the development of ACOs in New Jersey and an overview of how this activity may impact our health system. I am providing this to the board of trustees for review. Cantor, J. C., Chakravarty, S., Tong, J., Yedidia, M. J., Lontok, O., & DeLia, D. (2014). The new jersey medicaid ACO demonstration project: Seeking opportunities for better care and lower costs among complex low-income patients. Journal…show more content…
The Medicaid demonstration project attempts to align quality objectives with payment incentives, which is different from traditional ACOs. The ACOs must have a strategy to enhance outcomes. This is a 3 year project whose outcomes have not yet been reported . Skoufalos, A., & Cecil, K. (2013). The journey to creating safety net accountable care in new jersey. Population Health Management, 16, S-12 1p. doi:10.1089/pop.2013.1681 This article describes the effort to improve the health outcomes, quality, and access to care for its low-income population (Medicaid patients), and to lower public spending on health care based on the policy Governor Christie signed related to the 3-year Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Demonstration Project. It delves into the political and financial climate in the state that sparked legislative interest in this project. It identifies the key stakeholders that were involved in the decision making , and the challenges that the legislation faced . The idea of ACO being challenged based on the assumption that it is too similar to “Obamacare”. This is significant in identifying the political landscape of the state at the time, republican governor with a democratic president. Conclusion : As compared to many states, New Jersey seems to be moving toward the ACO models more progressively than some other states . This is most likely based on the economic
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