Resources for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

The establishment of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is encouraged under the Affordable Care Act. ACOs are groups of primary care physicians, specialists and hospitals, providing medical services as a team approach and dedicated to quality and efficiency. The “team” will share the responsibility for the health of their patients and is accountable for improving quality through clinical integration, increasing affordability through coordinated care and increasing transparency about the processes, costs and outcomes.

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services began broadly testing ACOs in 2012 as a means of improving patient care. ACOs that meet certain quality and cost-saving benchmarks will receive bonuses, referred to as “shared savings.”

Information to assist AACE members in navigating the new landscape with ACOs, medical homes and other new payment models is listed below. These resources will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.


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