Slightly more than a dozen respondents answered questions about the size (number of doctors, number of enrollees) and participants (medical groups, hospitals and commercial insurers) of their accountable care organizations. The survey also gathered information on planned participation in Medicare's upcoming accountable-care program. Follow this link for results.
Unsurprisingly, surveyed accountable care organizations were at various stages of development, including a few—Norton Healthcare and Blue Shield of California—with more than a year of operations. Others have brokered deals between hospitals and doctors to participate in Medicare accountable-care, once CMS completes the rules. Some have plans to develop quality reporting for a year before adopting financial incentives.
The magazine's coverage also looks closely at one New York-based accountable care group.
For those overloaded with accountable care talk, there's plenty of other pressing news in this week's issue: Jessica Zigmond reports on bundled payments; Andis Robeznieks covers conflict-of-interest rules for scientists; and Vince Galloro writes about investor-owned hospital chains' outpatient strategy.
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