"Many organizations have decided that this is a direction that's not going to go away," Joe Damore, vice president of Population Health Management for Premier said during a news conference Wednesday to announce the survey results. "So they're building the infrastructure that will pay dividends as they convert more and more of their contracts into population health and ACO contracts."
Accountable care organizations, which were given legal authority and ground rules by regulations related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, come in many styles and sizes.
But their common feature is an agreement between hospitals, multi-specialty and primary care physicians, and other care settings to coordinate high quality services and to lower costs.
The Premier surveys also found that executives of urban hospitals and independent delivery networks were more likely to have or be planning to include an ACO contract, while rural hospitals and stand-alone organizations were least likely.
Furthermore, survey respondents revealed that investments in population health management programs and information technology are driving improvements in supply chain, clinical data, predictive analytics and to integrate clinical data with claims.