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ACOs: Stuck in the Wrong Conversation?

Gordon Mountford, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

The keys to long-term financial and operational success for hospitals and health systems are developing and sustaining a high-performing culture, making care more affordable, managing utilization, and making meaningful progress on improving quality and efficiency. Focusing on these fundamentals will help organizations serve their communities, meet their missions, and provide high quality care into the future — whether inside or outside an ACO framework.


Gordon J. Mountford is executive vice president of Chicago-based Huron Healthcare. He can be reached at gmountford@huronconsultinggroup.com.

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kosos (6/21/2011 at 5:19 PM)
Yes, I agree the question isn't "should we," rather it's "how should we." Lately, I've been reading many perspectives on ways to address the "how." For example, in the latest issue of Ignite there's an interesting article about the importance of gaining physician buy-in when ramping up to an ACO launch. (https://ignite.optuminsight.com/archive/whats-next-for-acos/) Patient attribution seems to be one of the biggest concerns, so I wonder how organizations are addressing this when considering an ACO model.