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Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

A health care model focusing on the clinical integration of a network of providers with incentives for providing care that emphasizes quality and reduces overall utilization. This type of coordinated care requires a number of core competencies that must be addressed in order for the ACO to be successful, including:


  • Developing Physician Leadership
  • Changing Participating Physician Behavior
  • Development of Processes for Integrating the Continuum of Care
  • Implementing Information Technology Systems to Measure and Report on Quality and Cost
  • Developing a Compensation Model to Give Physicians Incentive to Participate
  • Marketing the Concept to Payers and Patients to Build Volume and Drive Support