This white paper written by McMannis Consulting and sponsored by the American Hospital Association describes the activities and costs needed to develop successful accountable care organizations:
- Develop right-sized network that include physicians, other care providers, hospitals, and post-acute care organizations that address the full continuum of health care needs;
- Provide supporting infrastructure – including electronic health records, electronic connectivity, data analyses, quality reporting and management, governance structures and credible management teams; and
- Develop an overarching culture, reinforced with financial and other incentives, so that the ACO can function as a unified, coordinated organization.
The white paper reports case study research on four organizations: New West Physicians (Denver, CO), Metro Health (Grad Rapids, MI), Memorial Hermann Health (Houston, TX), and Catholic Medical Partners (Buffalo, NY).