CMS Seeks ACO Pioneers for Summer Launch

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer? CMS is seeking up to 30 vanguard healthcare companies for its Pioneer ACO program set to launch this summer ahead of the January 2012 Medicare Shared Savings Program. Only those practiced in care coordination and willing to accept financial accountability and performance incentives need apply. This week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update contains more details as well as a link to the application, which must be submitted by July 18.

For the rest of the industry, healthcare consultant Greg Mertz spells out a few prerequisites for creating an accountable care organization.

Patient satisfaction is among the many metrics by which patient-centered delivery systems such as the ACO and medical home will be judged and compensated. We invite you to take our Patient Experience and Satisfaction survey and share how your organization is reshaping the healthcare experience for your population. You’ll be e-mailed a summary of the responses.

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