Assessing the Characteristics and Performance of Accountable Care Organizations and Their Potential for Spread, Phase 1


A major aim of health reform is the promotion of care delivery systems that are accountable for quality and costs. As accountable care organizations (ACOs) take hold and evolve, it will be critical to assess their performance and impact on an ongoing basis. With this project, The Commonwealth Fund will embark on a multiyear effort to track patterns of integration and health care utilization, cost, and quality among these emerging entities. Phase 1 work will focus on identifying structural variations among different types of ACOs, as well as differences in their patient populations, including those related to race, ethnicity, income, and health status. Future phases of work might examine the strategies followed by different types of ACOs to achieve their goals.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
President and Fellows of Harvard College
Principal Investigator:
Arnold Epstein, M.D., M.A., and Ashish Jha, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 10, 2012
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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