The US is moving to spend less on healthcare while improving quality. How is this possible? The senate thinks that a successful ACO, accountable care organization, won’t even need a hospital.
So, what is an ACO? What does it mean?
An ACO is a network of providers that work together to care for patients. They share the responsibility, which means combined leadership, decision-making, and payment. Healthcare costs will decrease, and payment systems work for both patients and providers.
These physicians are rewarded for the wellness of their patients, moving away from the fee-for-service system on which we currently operate. This will free up imaging facilities for those that really need them, decrease over-utilization, and increase the quality that the patient receives.
For more information on ACOs and what it is, you can look at this educational packet or watch this video.
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