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What are the core components of an ACO?

A model of the core components of an accountable care organization (ACO) was developed as part of this research sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund.  These capabilities are grouped under the following six general headings:

  • People-centered foundation
  • Health home
  • High-value network
  • Payer partnership
  • Population health data management
  • ACO leadership

The researchers then went on to assess how various organizations interested in becoming ACOs were doing in putting these capabilities in place.  The assessment of 59 organizations found that during the mid-2010 to mid-2011 evaluation period, no ACO developer had fully implemented any of the 6 core components.  Moreover, some of the organizations had not undertaken implementation of any of the capabilities in the model.

Source: Kroch, E., and others.  Measuring Progress Toward Accountable Care.  New York: The Commonwealth Fund, Dec. 2012.  Full text free here: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Fund%20Report/2012/Dec/1652_Kroch_Measuring_Progress_web_1212.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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