Developing and Piloting Standardized Measures to Assess the Performance of Accountable Care Organizations, Phase 1


Many experts believe that controlling health care spending and improving quality of care will depend in part on the advent of accountable care organizations (ACOs)— groups of hospitals, primary care physicians, specialists, and other providers that are collectively responsible for patient outcomes and the prudent stewardship of medical resources. Although interest in ACOs has grown rapidly—even attracting the attention of Congress—widespread implementation of the ACO model in a multipayer environment faces numerous barriers. Working with three pilot sites in Arizona, Kentucky, and Virginia, this project—part of a much larger joint undertaking of Dartmouth Medical School and the Brookings Institution to advance this model—will develop and test a "starter set" of performance measures to assess the performance of ACOs and guide the evolution and refinement of this promising innovation in health care delivery.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Trustees of Dartmouth College
Principal Investigator:
Elliott Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 10, 2009
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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