Rise of ACOs Leads to AAAHC Reorganization

The rise of accountable care organizations and continued healthcare consolidation have led to a plan to reorganize the Skokie, Ill.-based Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, which includes splitting the organization into two parts and launching a pilot program to accredit small hospitals.

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Source: ModernHealthcare.com

“The movement to accountable care organizations and other recent trends has led to more health systems reabsorbing primary-care physicians and free-standing ambulatory-care settings back into the hospital,” John Burke, AAAHC president and CEO, said in a news release (PDF). “With our experience as the leader in ambulatory-care accreditation, AAAHC saw an opportunity to improve patient care by offering a program that addresses both outpatient and inpatient hospital care and the ambulatory care offered by small hospital systems.”