Surveying Hospitals and Health Systems About Their Readiness to Be Accountable for the Continuum of Patient Care


Although the Affordable Care Act encourages the establishment of accountable care organizations (ACOs), it is not clear that health care providers are ready to participate in ACOs or will be able to develop the capabilities to do so. In the first study of its kind, researchers will profile U.S. hospitals and health systems for their readiness to be accountable for the continuum of patient care. The project team will survey system leaders about their organizations' ability to: 1) provide integrated primary, acute, and post-acute care services; 2) enable communication and clinical information exchange among all providers involved in a patient's care; and 3) manage financial risk, receive bundled payment, and calculate and distribute shared savings to providers. As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implements its ACO program, the survey findings will provide the agency with information about hospital system capabilities that may need to be strengthened.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Health Research and Educational Trust
Principal Investigator:
Maulik S. Joshi, Dr.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 9, 2010

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