No ACO Rule Yet from CMS? No Problem, Say Survey Respondents

Monday, February 14th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

The healthcare industry isn’t waiting for clarity from CMS on ACOs to lay the groundwork for accountable care organizations, according to 200 healthcare companies responding to our ACO readiness assessment. Preliminary data from the survey indicate that nearly 13 percent already belong to an ACO, with almost two-thirds of these ACOs on board for CMS’s 2012 Shared Savings Program. Another 40 percent say they will launch an ACO in the coming year.

To receive a summary of ACO adoption metrics from 200 respondents as well as data on ACO membership, reimbursement models and EHR use, take the ACO survey by February 18.

In the dark or on the fence about ACOs? In this issue of the Healthcare Business Weekly Update, healthcare consultant Steven Valentine makes the case for ACOs and other emerging models of care integration, excerpted from our second annual Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook. What’s trending for 2011? Integration, collaboration and co-management.

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