A survey of 45 hospitals in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut found that most are still in the early stages of exploring whether to establish accountable care organizations or Patient-Centered Medical Homes.
Only 20% of the hospitals either have or are committed to having an ACO in the next two years, according to the survey, conducted by Cammack LaRhette Consulting. Half of the hospitals surveyed are uncertain about exactly how they would proceed.
The consulting firm also grilled hospitals about their wellness programs. Hospitals, of course, are major employers. Many of them are self-insured. Ironically, their employees tend to be a somewhat unhealthy lot, given long, stressful shifts that leave little time for exercise.