ACO roundup: More than 50% of Americans have access to an ACO

Key accountable care news from Feb. 14-Feb. 20

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

  • Pennsylvania: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) last week became the first pediatric hospital to receive ACO accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Modern Healthcare reports. "Years of hard work across the organization has built an infrastructure that supports quality improvements, patient-centered care, and care coordination," says CHOP President and COO Madeline Bell (Landen, Modern Healthcare, 2/14 [subscription required]).

  • Scholars from Harvard University and Innnosight Institute this week predicted that that "ACOs will fail." Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the authors—who included famed Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen—argued that ACOs will not secure patient and physician buy-in, and that ACOs can't save money on a grand scale (Diamond, Daily Briefing, 2/19).

  • A new PricewaterhouseCoopers report finds that patient loyalty is critical to ACOs, in which patients are free to choose their own providers. However, the report found that only 50% of patients said they would always work with the same provider responsible for their care (Gamble, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/18).

  • More than half of the U.S. population now has access to an ACO, according to data from consulting firm Oliver Wyman. In addition, as many as 43 million patients—or 14% of the population—already receive care from an ACO, up from about 27 million last fall (Japsen, Forbes, 2/18).

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