How Will Vulnerable Populations Fare in Accountable Care Organizations?


Driven by a mission to deliver well-coordinated, high-performance health care, accountable care organizations (ACOs) hold promise for improving the health and care of vulnerable populations. Existing inequity within the health care system, however, presents the possibility of unintended, adverse consequences for high-risk groups enrolled in ACOs. This project will: 1) assess the possible consequences of ACO proliferation for vulnerable populations, using data obtained from Medicare ACO simulations; 2) examine the extent to which these organizations are taking hold in disadvantaged communities; and 3) conduct a case study of a safety-net provider organization that is forming an ACO, to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges these providers face.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Trustees of Dartmouth College
Principal Investigator:
Valerie Lewis, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 15, 2011
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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