Governmental payers, the employer community and
commercial health insurance companies are all pushing for more integrated
healthcare delivery systems where physicians and hospitals are held
accountable for the overall cost and quality of care. Regardless of the
Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program’s success, it is likely
that all physicians will need to participate in systems requiring more
communication, care coordination and quality measurement reporting. The AMA has compiled an extensive manual
explaining ACOs, how they work, and what physicians should know about
them. Download the manual from the AMA website.
Frequently asked questions and explanations
about ACOs can be found on the Kaiser Foundation website.
the 2011 House of Delegates, 66 attendees participated in a survey
addressing ACOs. Survey responses clearly indicated that LSMS members
are concerned about ACOs impact on physician autonomy and the
doctor-patient relationship. The LSMS will continue to provide its
members with additional details and educational materials on this topic
as more information is available.