Accountable Care

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This article provides a detailed description of a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization (ACO)’s actions and results, to increase understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing ACOs—particularly those comprised of independent practices.
Accountable care organizations are becoming increasingly common in the United States, but they are more likely to be formed in regions of the country with populations that have a higher socioeconomic status.
The Medicare Shared Saving Program benchmark can be improved by following the example of Next Generation accountable care organizations, but with a larger adjustment level.
The authors’ survey of providers in a new accountable care organization reports that initial perceptions of this care model are ambivalent and vary among participating practices.
With the number of Americans age 65 or older expected to double by 2050, a firm that specializes in quality and cost control for home-based care is poised for growth.

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