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Accountable Care Organizations

Momentum is growing for new health care delivery approaches that incentivize providers to deliver high quality, lower cost care that improves the consumer experience. Purchasers, both public and private, are accelerating the adoption of accountable care organizations, bundled payments, patient-centered medical homes and other models that are showing promising results regarding improved health outcomes and reduced costs. But progress is uneven and health care is still largely local. As employers consider these models, the critical question is how can these approaches deliver better results than what the market delivers today? Early adopters will continue to provide insights and promising practices in value purchasing, but more employers will need to get involved to truly reshape the health care system.

Alternative Payment ModelsBusiness Group surveys show that many employers have not yet embraced ACOs as a cost reduction or health outcomes improvement strategy, but interest is high: More than a quarter (26%) of large employers report considering ACO engagement in 2019 and beyond.

 

 

Featured Resources

Summary of Payment Reform ModelsACO Toolkit: A Roadmap for Employers
A road map for implementing an ACO strategy from assessing market opportunity, understanding ACO readiness, considering plan design options, improving employee engagement and evaluating ACO performance.

ACO Journey Map
The ACO Journey Map is a tool to help employers assess an accountable care organization's (ACO) competencies along a maturity path.

Large Employers' 2019 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design SurveyLarge Employers' 2019 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey
This year, the survey was redesigned to provide insight into large employers' views on the rapidly changing health care environment. This new information accompanies tried- and- true elements of the survey: critical benchmarking information on health care costs, plan design trends and employer initiatives.

 

 

Also of Interest

Business Health Agenda 2018: Key Insights & Learnings
Business Health Agenda (BHA) is an annual conference hosted by the National Business Group on Health®, highlighting the latest trends, best practices and innovative tactics for employer-sponsored health benefits and health care initiatives. Read more about the main takeaways from the three day event.

High-Performance Network/Centers of Excellence Resources
Learn about innovative strategies to deliver better health care outcomes and reduce costs.

Primary Care Resources
Access all Business Group Resources on Primary Care

NBGH Position Statement on Accountable Care Organizations
Effective Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) must improve the quality and efficiency of care while not unduly raising prices for patients or payers.

Executive Committee on Value Purchasing
The work of the Committee helps employers determine when and how to make accountable care organizations part of their health care strategy.

Business Health Agenda

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