September 2014

A Population Health Approach to Improving Medication Adherence

September 25, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

In this article, the author explores how accountable care organizations and other provider organizations can apply population health methods to physician populations to predict which physicians may unknowingly be promoting patient medication nonadherence based upon their patient communication and engagement skills. Training interventions for improving physician communications with patients are also discussed.

Update on the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Consumers

September 25, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Five years after the implementation of the first provisions of the Affordable Care Act and 5 months after the close of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces, we are starting to be able to measure the impact of the law.

Developing an Incentives Playbook: Aligning Influences in the Era of Reform

September 24, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

To optimize the impact of delivery system and payment reforms, healthcare system leaders may need to align organizational incentives with those facing frontline providers while also considering a wide range of factors that influence providers' choices.

Creating an ACO: Advice for Employers and Purchasers

September 24, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

A growing number of employers are becoming interested in accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve quality and affordability. This article describes the requirements employers should have for ACOs.

Taking ACOs From the Think Tank to the Real World

September 24, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

The ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition, a project of The American Journal of Managed Care, hosts meetings via WebEx, an online tool that combines elements of the conference call and PowerPoint. The sessions offer opportunities to hear case studies and ask "on the ground" questions, as new reimbursement models take shape.

IBM Smarter Care: Impact at the Point of Care

September 24, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

IBM Smarter Care uncovers valuable insights into lifestyle choices, social determinants, and clinical factors enabling holistic and individualized care to optimize outcomes and lower costs.

Alignment of Consumer and Provider Incentives: As Easy as Peanut Butter and Jelly

September 24, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

The United States is in the throes of multiple experiments aimed to shift care delivery from a volume-based to a value-based system. This issue of AJAC examines a number of cutting-edge strategies.

Sharing Care in the ACO Era

September 23, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

The authors propose a framework considering patient complexity and certainty of diagnosis to triage encounters to the most appropriate provider in an accountable care organization.

Transformation Through Collaboration: Horizon's Patient-Centered Program Is Delivering Results

September 23, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Since 2011, Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc has collaborated with physicians and hospitals throughout New Jersey to transform healthcare delivery. This article details the early successes and key ingredients of Horizon's patient-centered programs.