Is the drive to promote Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) an intriguing idea of the moment or a lasting trend? If the latter, should healthcare providers make their move now, or wait until the early dust settles? That’s a big dilemma for many hospital executives who wait in limbo until more evidence surfaces. We view the ACO model as neither blip nor aberration, but rather a solid model that will grow in scope and influence as the fee-for-service paradigm diminishes.
This brief suggests four areas that hospital executives should consider to make the ACO shift successfully.