Examining the Efforts of Accountable Care Organizations to Improve Coordination of Care for Vulnerable Patients


Because of their emphasis on coordinating patient care, accountable care organizations, or ACOs, have great potential to improve the health of vulnerable populations with complex health and social needs. Despite the rapid formation of ACOs serving Medicaid and other safety-net populations, little is known about the strategies ACOs are implementing to transform care delivery for vulnerable individuals and how they are addressing patients’ varied medical, behavioral health, and social service needs in an integrated fashion. Building on the principal investigator’s current examination of ACO formation in the safety net, this project will interview ACO leaders to identify the strategies and programs they are using to improve care coordination for vulnerable populations and describe the ways in which frontline clinical providers are engaged in these transformation efforts.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Trustees of Dartmouth College
Principal Investigator:
Valerie Lewis, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 8, 2014

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