January 10, 2013
By Adam Snyder
of Ogden Murphy Wallace
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (“NCQA”) awarded its first Accountable Care Organization (“ACO”) accreditations in December, 2012. Established as a voluntary accreditation program in 2011, the NCQA awarded accreditations to the following organizations: Billings Clinic, Crystal Run Healthcare, HealthPartners and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. The NCQA website contains detailed information regarding ACO Accreditation. In general, NCQA Accreditation includes evaluation […]
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June 26, 2011
What is a Radiologist’s Role in an ACO?
By: Rachel Yaffe
Accountable care organization (commonly referred to as an ACO) is the new buzz phrase swarming the medical community. Since ACOs are still a relatively new concept, radiologists are wondering how they can play a role in an ACO.
An ACO is an organization comprised of a variety of healthcare providers who work together to manage and coordinate patient care, and is held accountable for the quality and cost of such care. The financial attractiveness of the ACO model is that the organization will have the opportunity to share in the cost savings resulting from the provision of evidence-based, coordinated patient care, which shared savings will ultimately trickle down to the ACO’s members. A typical ACO will include, at a minimum, primary care physicians and specialists. While hospitals are likely to be involved in ACOs, and may, in many instances, even drive ACO formation, hospital participation is not required.