While Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have not been fully defined yet, a general concept from the Health Policy Brief of Health Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson foundation suggests, “Networks of physicians and other providers that could work together to improve the quality of healthcare services and reduce costs for a defined patient population.”
Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)
Significant modifications were made to the initial, proposed rule, including allowing FQHCs and RHCs to participate in or form independent ACOs. See a comparison table of the proposed rule versus the final role here
Read more about the program here
Tools and References
Accountable Care Organizations Videos on YouTube
Need a laugh to relieve the stress? These videos contain parodies on the unknowns and confusion surrounding ACOs as shared by Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care, during a 2010 NACHC Conference.