One Third of Medical Homes Will Join an ACO

Monday, July 18th, 2011
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

New market research shows that one third of medical homes will join an ACO in the next 12 months. And more than half of those interviewed by the Healthcare Intelligence Network for our fifth annual survey on patient-centered medical homes said they had already established a medical home for their population. The PCMH is a favored model of integrated care delivery and a cornerstone of accountable care — two core elements of healthcare reform. More in this issue.

About $216 million nationally is spent each year managing drug
shortages in the hospital setting, with three drugs in particular
affecting over 80 percent of health systems, says a new study
released by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
(ASHP). The problem is not only increasing hospital costs but
harming patient care: nearly a third of the 353 pharmacy directors
surveyed said they had to pull clinical staff to manage the crisis.

More than $300 billion each year is spent on care for dual-eligibles,
the 9 million Americans currently receiving both Medicare and
Medicaid benefits. HHS hopes to lower these costs — and improve
care — with three new initiatives: financial models to better align
finances between the agencies; a quality care program for nursing
home residents, and a resource center program.

Telemedicine continues to serve the underserved. A new remote
monitoring pilot project from the University of Utah seeks to help the
chronically ill who are unable to reach traditional care facilities easily
on a regular basis. The project will feature a centralized care
coordinator, four clinics monitoring 15 to 20 patients each and two
locations using kiosks to monitor another 30 patients each. Read more in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

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One Response to “One Third of Medical Homes Will Join an ACO”

  1. Tom says:

    I am afraid I know the answer before posing the question. Where do you foresee smallish home medical equipment and supply companies falling out in the scenario described above? Care in the home setting is important in any continuum. With the thrust toward competitive bidding, the service and choice for which we are known, will likely erode. Just your thoughts on positioning. Thanks