APhA Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Briefs

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Explore eight APhA-produced issue briefs on the accountable care organization (ACO), a new delivery model of health care.

APhA is producing a series of eight ACO issue briefs that will help inform APhA members about the evolving health care delivery system, in particular a predominant new delivery model — the accountable care organization (ACO).

Opportunities and challenges exist for pharmacists in this changing environment. Despite these challenges, ACOs provide pharmacists with the opportunity to ensure that optimization of every patient’s medication therapy are a core element of our future health care system.


Everyone is welcome to read the ACO 101 issue brief. The other seven briefs are available to APhA Members only. For complete access to the series, members should log-in using your ID and password. If you are not a member, join today.
 

As the U.S. health care system evolves, new innovative care delivery models are emerging. This issue brief explores the basics of ACOs including what they are, how they are structured, and how they differ from other new models such as medical homes.

 

 

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How does payment in ACOs differ from traditional fee for service models? This issue brief examines the different aspects of how ACO financing models work. New concepts for financing health care such as shared savings programs and risk-based payment are described.

 

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The ACO’s coordinated care model is a combination of population-based management techniques targeting at-risk patients and health care providers accountable for the health care outcomes of their patients. Areas where pharmacists can bring value to the ACO are highlighted.

 

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This issue brief examines ACO perspectives on the value proposition for including medications within various ACO models.

 

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This issue brief examines the current approach to medications and medication management in ACOs. Factors such as the types of ACOs including medication costs in their contracts and the role of medications and medication management in meeting quality measures within the ACO are explored.

 

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Pharmacists are serving in a variety of roles within ACOs both in population health management and patient care. This issue brief profiles examples of pharmacists' roles in ACOs and the types of services they are providing.

 

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This issue brief examines State Medicaid program activity in incorporating ACO or ACO-like models and the types of services pharmacists are providing within these models.

 

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This issue brief summarizes the information presented in the ACO series and provides marketing guidance for approaching ACOs to promote pharmacists' services.

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