Accountable Care Organizations represent a major step toward improving quality outcomes in the health care delivery system.
Alpharetta, GA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 22, 2011
One of the most significant impacts of health care reform is the adoption and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), according to Wayne Oliver, Vice President with the Center for Health Transformation, founded by former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
Edward McEachern, Vice President of Marketing with Jackson & Coker, recently interviewed Oliver at the firm’s Alpharetta, GA headquarters. The entire interview appeared in the most current issue of the Jackson & Coker Industry Report .
Though mentioned in only seven of the 2700+ pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations represent a major step toward improving quality outcomes in the health care delivery system, according to Oliver. More specifically, the term describes a “shared savings program that focuses on coordinated, comprehensive care and allows participating physicians and hospitals to share in any cost savings attained from their appropriate and effective treatment of patients based on pre-determined quality of benchmarks and metrics,” he explained.
Originally, ACOs were associated with Medicare, but their application can pertain to Medicaid and private payers if they can demonstrate increased quality at lower costs. During the interview, Oliver also explained the six federal statute criteria that must be met for creating an ACO.
“In our discussion, it became obvious that an important objective of instituting ACOs is to improve provider payment with a system that fosters cooperation among caregivers and healthcare payers by creating organizations that appreciably reward high quality patient care,” McEachern pointed out.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to release details concerning ACOs in the near future, even though the ACO initiative is not expected to be formally launched until January 2012. Already, however, some major health care providers are taking steps to form fledgling ACOs, Oliver mentioned, citing Geisinger Health and the Mayo Clinic as forerunners in developing ACOs.
The Jackson & Coker Industry Report will follow this trend and issue periodic future updates, McEachern announced.
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Headquartered in metro Atlanta, the firm has earned a reputation for providing cost-effective, time-sensitive solutions to both government and commercial health care organizations. The recruitment staff works in two divisions of the company: Retained Search, which places physicians in over 40 medical specialties in permanent staff positions, and locum tenens, a staffing model that recruits medical providers (physicians and CRNAs) for temporary vacancies.
The company has earned a “Gold Seal” designation as a “Certified Health Care Staffing Service” by the Joint Commission and is affiliated with a credentials verification organization (JH CVO) that has received certification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in ten out of ten credentialing services.
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