Rain poured down on San Francisco during the entirety of the sixth National Pay for Performance Summit last week, and apparently washed away the headline topic.
Instead of P4P, the hot topic at the conference, held at the Hyatt downtown, went by another acronym: ACOs. All 624 attendees—and 50 more watching online—seemed to be here to learn about so-called accountable care organizations. And most were waiting with bated breath for forthcoming proposed rules on ACOs, expected at any moment from federal regulators.
“Look at what they've done so far,” said Tom Williams, executive director of the Integrated Healthcare Association, an Oakland, Calif.-based group hosting the summit and one of the premier groups focused on healthcare quality and efficiency. He was referring to the Obama administration. “Only nine pages out of one thousand in the health reform law were about ACOs. And look what it has inspired in the private sector.”
It seems every day there's another announcement from another health system about an ACO pilot project.