ACO’s have been operating with minimal transparency. Now you can find detailed information on any ACO in Texas from Innovaccer: http://aco.innovaccer.com/# The benefit of transparency is that it let’s all the participants in healthcare know what we need to work on to continuously improve.
For the most part, ACO’s are improving care delivery, care coordination and patient safety while increasing their focus on preventative health. The most improvement is being made in At-Risk Populations where 5% of the people generate 50%+ of all healthcare costs. Any win for At-Risk patients is a win for all of healthcare.
What’s next for ACO’s? Incentives by CMS for ACO’s to accept downside risk. As we all know, however the market is incented is how the market will behave. As such, let’s hope CMS gets their incentives right.