Difference Between Accountable Care Organizations and Accountable Care
The Accountable Care Organization has become front-and-center in the health care industry. It appears to hold the promise of providing the continuum of care across a wide range of settings. But once you get past all the hype, no one really knows the whole story - including how an ACO will perform once health care reform begins to take hold.
Many hospitals and physicians reacted to health care reforms in the 1990s by forming PPOs. But employers and patients preferred open panels managed by health insurers to closed panels managed by providers. The PPO experiment lost billions of dollars.
At an upcoming Estes Park Institute conference, we'll explain just what the law says about ACOs, address the potential legal barriers, and present your hospital team with the facts and insights you need to make an informed decision moving forward.