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ACOs and Other Options: a “How to” Manual for Physicians

The American Medical Association has published a free downloadable manual that provides physicians information about participation in accountable care organizations or other systems involving care coordination, more communication and quality measurement reporting.

The guide covers these topics from the physician perspective:

  • Overview of complex environmental challenges for physicians
  • Overview of ACOs
  • ACO governance issues
  • Partnering with hospitals to create ACOs
  • Partnering with insurers to create an ACO
  • Guidance for earning electronic health records incentive payments
  • Managing antitrust risk associated with ACOs
  • Hospital physician employment agreements
  • Retaining independence while embracing accountability, especially for small physician practices

Source: ACOs and other options: a “how to” manual for physicians navigating a post-health reform world. 4th ed. American Medical Association, 2012-13.  http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/psa/physician-how-to-manual.pdf or http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/advocacy/state-advocacy-arc/state-advocacy-campaigns/private-payer-reform/state-based-payment-reform/accountable-care-organizations.page  http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/psa/physician-how-to-manual.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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