247885 Accountable Care Organization's impact on Public Health

Monday, October 31, 2011

Priscilla Keith, MS, JD , Hall Center, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
The term Accountable Care Organization ("ACO")is the development of partnerships between hospitals and physicians to coordinate and deliver efficient care. The ACOs would reach these goals by promoting more efficient use of treatments, care settings and providers. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act calls for the creation of an ACO program administered by CMS by January 1, 2012. The question as to the impact on public health will require continuous monitoring. Several issues will have to be addressed such as the regulatory and legal barriers, key competencies of the an ACO, and quality benchmarks in order to initiate and maintain the effectiveness and goals of an ACO. This paper will examine those key issues and how they will impact public health positively or negatively depending on teh outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Accountable Care Organization describes the development of partnerships between hospitals and physicians to coordinate and deliever efficient care. The learning objective is to examine how the integration and alignment of different providers and institutions will impact public health care.

Keywords: Access to Care, Access to Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I researched and wrote the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.