Linking providers and systems to improve health.
As a proposed pillar of community health merging ambulatory primary care with multi-specialty, hospital, rehabilitation and other healthcare entities and needs, accountable care organizations (ACOs) will be linked through innovative electronic health record (EHR) and related health IT platforms to achieve seamless and comprehensive medicine.
An accountable care organization is comprised of a group of healthcare providers who work collaboratively to deliver coordinated care and chronic disease management, improving the quality of care patients receive.
A participating organization’s payment is tied to achieving healthcare quality goals and outcomes that result in cost savings. Medicare ACOs were formed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), with Medicaid and commercial accountable care organizations following suit.
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is an incentive program that focuses on improving primary care. The recognition program is outlined by a clear set of standards, empowering providers with information needed to personalize care to their patients and enabling providers to work in teams to better coordinate care.
ACO and PCMH programs share quality measures both in structure and approach, and also align with those of the meaningful use program.
Recognizing the integrations taking place in these programs, Greenway Health™ and other healthcare leaders formed the Accountable Care Community of Practice (ACCoP) in February 2011 to help facilitate the advancement of care coordination.