Learning What It Takes to Form Successful Accountable Care Organizations


The Affordable Care Act authorizes the creation of accountable care organizations (ACOs)-groups of providers that take responsibility for the cost and quality of the care they provide to patients-and their participation in the new Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Premier Healthcare Alliance has established an accountable care collaborative involving 28 health systems that are ready to function as ACOs, and 58 systems that are developing that capacity. In this project, the Premier team will help other health care organizations become successful ACOs by demonstrating how it has developed its own initiative, how it assesses core capabilities, and how it determines the readiness of members to become an ACO. The team will also develop case studies illustrating how health systems representing a range of organizational models have transformed themselves into this new breed of health care provider.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Premier Research Institute
Principal Investigator:
Eugene Kroch, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 12, 2011

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