David Lansky, PhD, Identifies How ACOs Can Improve Healthcare Quality and Costs

David Lansky, PhD, President & CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health, says that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) must truly be accountable for the care they provide.

David Lansky, PhD, President & CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health, says that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) must truly be accountable for the care they provide. To ensure quality of care and improve affordability, they must meet performance measures and outcomes that demonstrate meaningful health improvements in the population being cared for.

For instance, an ACO can identify high-risk and high-utilizing patients and move them into an appropriate care model. “That kind of proactive identification and allocation of resources to people who most need it, is the kind of thing an ACO can do to really enormously improve value,” said Dr Lansky.