ACO roundup: Key news from Sept. 21-Sept. 27

NCQA establishes specific accreditation criteria for ACOs

The Daily Briefing editorial team rounds up the top accountable care stories of the week.

  • HealthLeaders Media this week examined the National Committee for Quality Assurance's new ACO accreditation review program. The group—which establishes quality criteria for the accreditation of medical homes, insurance plans, wellness programs, health initiatives, and other improvement efforts—has created dozens of specific criteria for ACOs (Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 9/24).

  • Successful ACOs likely will rely on information technology, but "the very foundation upon which ACOs are built could be shaky, making software tools only so effective," writes InformationWeek Healthcare editor Paul Cerrato. Namely, Cerrato writes that certain quality data will be difficult for some organizations to collect and appropriately code (Cerrato, InformationWeek, 9/24).

  • CIO Today this week outlined the financial potential of ACOs for various sectors, including health IT (Kennedy, CIO Today, 9/25).

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