For Hospitals, The Rush Is Not On To Become An ACO


Topics: Delivery of Care, Health Costs, Hospitals, Marketplace, Quality, Health Reform

Aug 17, 2012

According to a Commonwealth Fund report, only about 13 percent of hospitals surveyed are participating or planning to participate in an accountable care organizations.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Survey: Few ACOs Ready For Financial Risk
Few hospitals interested in becoming accountable care organizations are ready to take on financial risk, according to a survey released Friday from The Commonwealth Fund (Gold, 8/16).

Politico Pro: Study: Few Hospitals Sign On To ACOs So Far
Most U.S. hospitals are not rushing into becoming an ACO. Three-fourths of hospitals aren’t even thinking of participating in an ACO, while 13 percent are currently participating or planning to be part of one in the following year, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report on findings from the 2011 National Survey of Hospital Readiness to Participate in an Accountable Care Organization. “Results show we are at the beginning of the ACO adoption curve,” the report’s authors wrote (Smith, 8/17).

Modern Healthcare: Doctors Play Key Role In ACO Leadership: Commonwealth Fund
Not many hospitals were participating or planning to participate in an accountable care organization last year, but among those that were, physicians were front and center in governance of the ACO, according to a new issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund. The Commonwealth Fund reported that only about 13% of hospitals surveyed were participating or planning to participate in an ACO; 12% were unsure; and 75% said they were not exploring the model at all (Robeznieks, 8/17).

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Deputy Administrator and Director for the Cent...

Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at CMS Jonathan Blum visits Christiana Care to speak about accountable care organizations (Photo credit: Christiana Care)

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