The Physician's Accountable Care Toolkit

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The Physician's Accountable Care Toolkit

Description

This guide, for physicians, is an explanation of the essential elements required for any successful accountable care organization (ACO) and a step-by-step guidance on how to achieve each element. The toolkit is divided into two parts: The ACO Guide and Executing the Accountable Care Strategic Plan. Part One of the guide includes the necessary elements for a successful ACO and implementation guidance. Part Two applies strategies and practical step-by-step guidance, with concrete examples for organizations considering joining or forming an ACO.

Part One includes the following:

  • Purpose of the ACO guide.
  • What is an ACO?
  • Why should I care?
  • Are ACOs really coming?
  • What are the essential elements of a successful ACO?
  • Culture of teamwork—integration.
  • Primary care physicians.
  • Adequate administrative capabilities.
  • Financial incentives.
  • Health information technology and data.
  • Best practices across the continuum of care.
  • Patient engagement.
  • Scale-sufficient patient population.
  • Successful implementation—a step-by-step guide.
  • Conclusion.

Part Two includes the following:
  • General strategies for all specialties
  • Specific strategies for specific specialties
  • Conclusion

Developer:

Toward Accountable Care Consortium

Funding Sources:

North Carolina Medical Society; The Physicians Foundation

History

Release Date: 2012
Original Summary: April 2013
Last Updated: 05/08/13

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