Improving Care While Reducing Costs Through ACOs and Other Value-Based Efforts

Improving the quality of care while also reducing costs has become a centerpiece for transforming the US healthcare system. As efforts across the country continue to be introduced, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have emerged as an effective way to address these 2 issues.

Improving the quality of care while also reducing costs has become a centerpiece for transforming the US healthcare system. As efforts across the country continue to be introduced, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have emerged as an effective way to address these 2 issues. With recent CMS changes to their Medicare ACO program and growing interest from commerical payers, as well as demonstrated cost savings, the prevalence of these ACOs is likely to continue to spread across the healthcare system.

During this podcast, we speak with 3 experts about these ACOs, as well as other mechanisms of value-based care:

  • Rob Mechanic, MBA, senior fellow at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and executive director of the Institute for Accountable Care
  • Kim Kauffman, MPH, vice president of value-based care at Summit Medical Group
  • Scott Hewitt, vice president, payment strategy and innovation, UnitedHealthcare

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