Lessons Learned From Pioneer ACOs

As previously reported, nine Pioneer ACOs backed out of an experiment aimed at changing the way medical providers are payed. Although the departure of nearly 1/3 of participants occurred, it was expected seemingly because no model may be right for every population in every community. Two takeaways from the model program were that “ACOs will only succeed over the long term if they genuinely engage patients, families and consumers, in a comprehensive way, in both their design and their implementation, Ness and Kramer said.”  Also, patience in the adjustment period and patience in dealing with hardships will ultimately strengthen the delivery of primary care.

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