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ACO Alternatives

ACOs (accountable care organizations) have dominated the health care reform landscape; however, a recent article in HealthLeaders Media suggests some other models that may provide a better fit with a hospital’s overall strategic planning:

  • low-cost leader – providing a tightly focused, highly branded service with emphasis on low cost and patient convenience
  • niche clinical service provider – focus is on a specific set of services, usually a service line
  • research/innovation institute – focus is on bench or translational research
  • island – a sole community provider
  • virtual health organization – an entity that contracts to support care services provided by others, but does not itself own a provider site
  • vantage integrated strategy – described as an “ACO on steroids”

Source: DuBow, Mark.  Strategic options: it’s not ACO or nothing.  HealthLeaders Media.  September 2, 2011.  http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/page-1/LED-270490/Strategic-Options-Its-Not-ACO-or-Nothing

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