The American Medical Group Association has become one of the latest groups to launch an initiative aimed at providers seeking to develop accountable care organizations, a payment model that Medicare may pilot starting in 2012 under the health reform law. Accountable care organizations that slow Medicare spending and reach quality targets for a group of patients would receive a share of the savings.
AMGA announces ACO development effort
The Alexandria, Va.-based trade group, which represents physician practices and integrated delivery systems, released the names of 19 organizations—including Alegent Health Clinic, Omaha, Neb., and 1,303-bed Montefiore Medical Center, New York—in its ACO development collaborative, one of two accountable care efforts by the AMGA. The development network includes organizations not yet ready to form an accountable care group. The ACO implementation collaborative, whose members have not yet been released, will include organizations prepared to create an ACO.
Premier, the group purchaser and quality-improvement company, launched its own collaborative earlier this year. Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and the Brookings Institution's Engelberg Center have also created a pilot and learning network.
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