Accountable Care Organization, Healthcare Big Data, Healthcare Portal, and ACO Implementation Resources Accountable Care Organization, Healthcare Big Data, Healthcare Portal, and ACO Implementation Resources


  • ACO Adoption Of HIT Varies

    ACOs aren’t only adopting mHealth and telehealth tools, according to a survey by Premier and the eHealth Initiative. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  • EHR Mistakes Lead To More Problems For VA

    Veterans Affairs hospitals are under investigation again for oversights in EHRs that put patient’s lives in jeopardy By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  • PHM Failing To Integrate With EHRs

    A report from KLAS says PHM market is rapidly growing, vendors are struggling, and solutions aren’t integrating well with EHRs By Katie Wike, contributing writer


  • Fixing EHR Interoperability Issues

    The push to use electronic health records (EHRs) through a certified vendor before 2014 has healthcare providers, hospitals, and similar organizations scrambling to meet new definitions of interoperability and meaningful use. But even with the new standards, it may take much longer for EHR technology and functionality to become ubiquitous in the healthcare industry. By Rob Sabo


  • The Path to Population Health Management: Creating An IT Foundation For A Successful ACO

    Healthcare organizations across the U.S. are investing significant resources in re-architecting their care delivery infrastructures to enable them to adapt successfully to new, value-based Accountable Care Organization (ACO) payment and delivery models.  As these entities prepare to go “at risk” and take outcomes-based capitated or bundled payments, they face a broad set of challenges. These challenges range from acquiring or partnering for resources that will enable them to deliver and control the full continuum of care, to understanding their new cost structures and determining if they can survive and thrive financially in an ACO world.

  • Get The Most Out Of Going Mobile: Best Practices In mHealth Implementation

    Our population is becoming more mobile on a daily basis, and healthcare professionals are no exception. In fact, the very nature of the healthcare industry makes it ripe for a move to mobile. It also presents special implementation challenges.

  • Use IT To 'Disrupt' The Healthcare System
    This white paper captures the highlights of a presentation at HIMSS12 delivered by Eric Dishman, General Manager of Health Strategy and Solutions at Intel Corporation, and Jason Hwang, MD, executive director of healthcare at the Innosight Institute.
  • Take Your EMR From Good To Great
    Good EMRs help you improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs, meet meaningful use requirements and better serve patients. Great EMRs are a digital lifeline, critical to saving lives and preventing medical errors. This white paper outlines why this is such a critical distinction.


  • The Problem With Consumerism In Healthcare

    Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.


An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) utilizes a payment and care delivery system that bases payments to providers on quality metrics and seeks to reduce the total cost of care for a certain population of patients.  ACOs use a range of payment models and consist of groups of coordinated healthcare providers that provide care to groups of patients. ACOs are accountable to a third-party payer and the group of patients for the appropriateness, quality, and efficiency of the health services they provide.

In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) set forth initial guidelines for ACOs to be created under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. These guidelines contained all necessary steps required for a physician, health care provider, or hospital to voluntarily participate in ACOs.

The quality measures used to evaluate an ACO's performance as defined by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) fall into five domains. These domains are patient/caregiver experience, care coordination, patient safety, preventative health, and at-risk population/frail elderly health.

The three stakeholders in an ACO are the providers, payers, and patients. Providers are a network of hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. The primary payer is the federal government, Medicare, but also includes other payers such as private insurances or employee-purchased insurance. The patient population of an ACO will primarily consist of Medicare beneficiaries, but in larger ACOs can also include those who are homeless and uninsured.