Implementing The Affordable Care Organizations

1147 Words Feb 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Accountable care organizations are growing. Accountable Care or Coordinated Care is putting consumers at the front at our evolving healthcare industry. Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) strive to improve outcomes and reduce costs with improved patient care coordination (Robinson, J. C., Schaffer, L. D. 2015). Coordinated Care is defined as the Right care, at the right time, with no duplication, and to prevent errors. The Affordable Care Act encourages health care organizations to improve quality of care and reduce spending. In 2013, there were 320 ACO’s and as of 2014 there are now 700. 2/3 of the population now live in an area that services ACO’s. One out of three hospitals have ACO plans (Perficient Inc. 2015).
The goals of ACO’s are to prevent illness, improve access to a team of doctors working for you, connect care teams through EMR, having treatment options based on what works, and controlled costs. New payment methods are creating incentives for the ACO’s to manage the total cost of a patient’s care (Robinson, J. C., Schaffer, L.D. 2015). Success will be depended how they share data through system interoperability and integration (Perficient Inc. 2015). Interoperability is defined as the ability of health information systems to work together across and with organizational boundaries in order to advance the effective delivery of healthcare for communities and people. Integration is critical to the care teams and their ability to coordinate across the…
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