Tracking the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) is essential to determine whether the model can achieve its purpose of providing lower-cost, higher-quality, population-based care. For this project, Dartmouth researchers will complete the first national survey of ACOs, which will yield information about market and regional characteristics, types of providers included and services delivered, methods used to manage high-risk patients, and readiness to accept and distribute shared savings. The project team will then conduct interviews with ACO leaders to gain a deeper understanding of how their organizations have evolved to a global payment model emphasizing accountable, population-based care. Findings will also set the stage for the Dartmouth team’s future work to assess quality and cost impacts by linking the ACO survey results to Medicare claims data.
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Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.