As federal The government keeps a close watch on accountable care organizations, many wonder if the promise of getting a doctor, Hospital And on this same page other health care providers will never tolerate this. Namely, will it improve care and lower costs?
“An accountable care organization is a very attractive idea,” Alice Rivlin, director of the Health Policy Center and Leonard D. in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution. The Scheffer president said a panelist who talked about ACOO in a breakout on Tuesday morning 2015 US News Hospital of Tomorrow Conference. He is working with fellow panelists Kenya Woodruff, a partner at international corporate law firms Haynes and Boon, LLP, to pursue the ACO model, in a discussion moderated by health care reporter Kimber Leonard of US News & World Joined report good.
To date, experts say ACOs have not lived up to the hype. “The results so far have been very disappointing,” Rivlin said. While the campaign to create ACO for better coordinated care has certainly completed some organizations Quality matrix, Much debate remains over the extent to which meaningful improvement in patients’ care occurs, and Rivlin said, ACOs have not paid attention to costs.
This is not to say that this is entirely a fault of a faulty model. Factors ranging from the aging population of patient demand to the latest, greatest The drugs And the treatment means “upward pressure,” price tag Development for healthcare continues in the US. This has come at a time when the federal government is trying to cap that cost through incentives to providers – such as in ACOs.
Experts also talk about the importance of purchasing from patients to make ACOs work. Rivlin said many patients are unaware that they are caring through an ACO; He suggested that a system be established whereby patients are admitted to accountable care organizations and similar models. He added that such models also need to appeal to the purposes of physicians to provide the best care to their patients.
“We should increase incentives, but it’s not all just about the money,” Rivlin said, calling for how the quality of improvement is measured.
Woodruff said that while providers and payers continue to innovate to come together, ACOs remain central to improving delivery of care. Such efforts should take into account market realities, seeing the impact of successfully reducing hospitalization rates through better coordinated care outside hospitals to be pushed back from hospitals to independent physicians. Some doctors wonder, Woodruff said, “Is this how I will practice?” On the other hand, he and those working on other ACO arrangements should also explore the dangers associated with aligning many different health care organizations, whether it meets the legal muster if it limits patient choice.
Rivlin said more needs to be done to radically transfer digital patient information between providers. Nevertheless, despite all the challenges, experts say that there is also opportunity for health care providers to lower costs and improve care.
“There’s a lot of room to be inventive about relationships there,” Woodruff said.