Link: ACOs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established a Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) to engage providers, hospitals, and suppliers in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that improves the quality of care provided to a select population of Medicare beneficiaries. As of 4/2014 there are approximately 366 ACOs across the country.

Key facets of ACOs are coordinated care among medical professionals and preventive care that reduces healthcare costs and improves the health of patients. “When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.”

This is the first post in a series on Accountable Care Organizations and the role of informatics. Each post will contain a narrated video and slideshow on the topic of Informatics and Accountable Care Organizations. This first video describes the history and legislation that created ACOs and the types of Accountable Care Organizations. Click on the link below to begin..

Accountable Care Organizations

  • History
  • Legislation
  • Policy
  • ACO Models

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