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Book Excerpt: Are You Ready for an ACO Environment?

HealthLeaders Media, April 12, 2012

Who are the appropriate players and leaders?
When forming an ACO, start by assessing the appropriate players:

  • Your leadership
    • What is his or her vision?
    • Does he or she have the ability to successfully grasp all aspects of the ACO requirements and lead the group in this endeavor?
    • Does your leadership have the ability to create a team environment of full collaboration?
  • Does the participating hospital have the ability to:
    • Deliver high-quality patient care?
    • Contain costs?
    • Be patient centered?
    • Collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers?
  • For physicians
    • Do they have the ability to work with competitors and become team members?
    • Do they have a reputation for delivering high-quality patient care?
    • Do they have the ability to control costs?
    • Can they be patient focused?
  • Other providers
    • Do they have the ability to control costs?
    • Do they have a reputation for high-quality patient care?
    • Can they work together to be patient centered?
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