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What the Experts Say

Thought leaders share their thoughts on Accountable Care.

Jack Cochran Jack Cochran
Executive Director of the Permanente Federation
What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?
Is excellent good enough? As physicians, we are trained to diagnose and treat disease. We dedicate ourselves to searching for cures and perfecting procedures that will restore the health of our patients. Over the last 50 years, we’ve made some … Continue reading

Q: Why is care coordination important to improve the quality and cost of health care in America?

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"Our healthcare system is fragmented, with a misalignment of incentives, or lack of coordination, that spawns inefficient allocation of resources. Fragmentation adversely impacts quality, cost, and outcomes. Eliminating waste from unnecessary, unsafe care is crucial for improving quality and reducing costs--and making the system financially sustainable. Many believe this can be achieved through greater integration of healthcare delivery, more specifically via integrated delivery systems. . . ."

Alain C. Enthoven
"Integrated Delivery Systems: The Cure for Fragmentation," www.ajmc.com, December 2009

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What is an ACO?

Different experts have different perspectives. But generally, an ACO can be defined as a set of healthcare providers — including primary care physicians, specialists, and hospitals — that work together collaboratively and accept collective accountability for the cost and quality of care delivered to a population of patients.

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