The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a coalition of some 700 employers, consumer groups and primary-care organizations, has formed the Center for Accountable Care in an effort to ensure that "a strong, robust patient-centered primary-care model is at the foundation of accountable care organizations."
Primary-care group launches Center for Accountable Care
Among its activities, the center will identify and share best practices related to medical-home-based ACOs and educate federal and state government officials, media members and consumer organizations about the center's policy recommendations and advocate for those policies, according to a news release from the collaborative.
The center's co-chairs are Blair Childs, senior vice president of the Premier healthcare alliance; Dr. Ted Epperly, past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians; Dana Safran, senior vice president for performance measurement and improvement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Dr. Craig Sammit, CEO for Madison, Wis.-based Dean Health Systems.
Federal draft regulations for accountable care organizations are expected to be released within two weeks. The four organizations that developed the original principles for patient-centered medical homes—the AAFP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association—released a list of 13 recommendations for organizations that accredit or recognize physician practices as medical homes to consider in their evaluations.
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