Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations have been a hot topic since the day the Affordable Care Act passed.  Their organization and effects on the medical profession and healthcare in general already appear to be a significant factor in the changing medical practice model, transforming the way physicians practice medicine in the near future. The federal government believes ACOs and “medical home” models will not only improve the quality of health care delivered to patients but reduce the cost of health care overall.

Since passage of the ACA, Accountable Care Organizations have grown as a practice model in Tennessee. While not as far along as other states, the number of Volunteer State physicians participating in ACOs, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and other innovative strategies is on the rise.

Recognizing the growing trend toward coordinated care, as well as the importance of ACOs—whether they are under the Medicare Shared Savings Program or developed independently—the TMA has undertaken to ensure that its members have the latest information on the progress of this model, and to equip members with the knowledge to evaluate ACOs.

For assistance with ACO-related questions or issues, contact the TMA’s health system reform experts at 800-659-1862 or Katie.dageforde@tnmed.org.