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Thought leaders share their thoughts on Accountable Care.

Dr. Robert Pearl Dr. Robert Pearl
CEO, The Permanente Medical Group
Chair, Council of Accountable Physician Practices
Learning from Medicare Advantage: Moving Toward a Better Model for American Health Care
Despite the political angst, the doomsday predictions and a very rocky launch, the Affordable Care Act has enabled more than 8 million Americans to acquire insurance coverage through the public exchanges. Health insurance increases the probability that patients will access … 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 s ... more

"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. . . ."

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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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