Accountable Care Models Now Presumed Integral to Healthcare Delivery
Accountable Care Organizations(ACOs) have received significant press for their stated aim to tie reimbursements to reduced costs and better care. Lost in the larger discussion, however, is how the idea of accountable care will actually transform care management, care delivery and payment reform.
It's a subtle, but important, difference as the objectives of the Affordable Care Act become reality. ACO pilot projects are one way CMS and its Innovation Center are testing the concept of accountable care, but its principles are already being incorporated into healthcare practices in a variety of ways.
For everyone, the new mantra is the triple aim of delivering better care, better health and affordable care. The stakes couldn't be higher, especially for small and mid-tier providers that believe they can maintain or even grow market share by leveraging practices quickly. Larger providers also will be affected, but they are moving more deliberately.
McKesson Strategy for ACO Model
The path to accountable care must encompass changes in four areas: connectivity and patient engagement, care management, payment mechanics and analytics. In order to cooperate effectively, an organization must become proficient in each.
- Connectivity and Engagement is created through an information infrastructure that connects all appropriate providers and engages patients in the care process, giving them tools to access their care record and support the critical relationship with their primary care physician.
- Analytics identifies opportunities to manage cost and quality, provides information on particular patient populations, optimizes provider performance and supports organizational reporting demands for internal and external customers
- Care Management supports integrated approaches to care for patients and integrated workflows for the organization while helping clinicians make evidence-based care decisions
- Payment Mechanics features support for multiple payment and risk models
Regardless of where your organization sits on the adoption curve, McKesson offers products that support critical processes between provider and patient, among providers, and between providers and payers. The concepts of accountable care are here to stay; the question is how your organization will adapt to this new landscape.
Below are helpful white papers, articles, webinars and other resources to help further your understanding of accountable care.
- McKesson ACO white paper series:
- Performance Strategies E-Magazine:
- Enterprise Intelligence webinar series: A Strategy for ACOs and Health Reform Preparedness
- Health Reform Measurement: Lead or Get Out of the Way
- Finding Calm Among the Chaos: A Guide for Payment Reform
- RelayHealth Medical Home Information:
- The Role of Physicians in Accountable Care Organizations
- Patient-Centered Care Primary Collaborative
- Homecare ACO webinar series: