Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations
Order Description
Having completed the assigned reading, you should now have a basic understanding of the key characteristics of accountable care organizations. For the Module 3 Case Assignment, conduct additional research as needed and prepare a 3- to 5-page paper to address the following questions:
1.What feature(s) enable ACOs to control cost and improve quality of care?
2.Discuss the pros and cons of these three payment methods: (1) Fee-For-Service; (2) Global Payment (i.e., risk-adjusted capitation); and (3) Episode-Based Bundled Payment as a principle way of reimbursing ACOs.

The following items will be assessed in particular:
?Your ability to define strategic planning in a healthcare organization.
?Your ability to identify the barriers an organization will encounter during the process.
?Your ability to make suggestions on how to overcome these barriers.
?Use and application of literature, expert opinion and case examples from your research to support your position, key points, and explanations. Although APA is preferred, you are not required to use it. You must, however, use a consistent format to cite references in your paper

Required Reading

1. McClellan, M., McKethan, A. N., Lewis, J. L., Roski, J. & Fisher, ES. (2010). A National Strategy To Put Accountable Care Into Practice. Health Affairs, 29 (5), 982-990.

2. Lee, T. H., Casalino, L. P., Fisher, E. S. & Wilensky, G. R. (2010). Creating Accountable Care Organizations. New England Journal of Medicine, 363 (15), e23. Available at (video) or (PDF

3. Shortell, S. M., Casalino, L. P. & Fisher. E. S. (2010). How the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Should Test Accountable Care Organizations. Health Affairs, 29 (7), 1293-1298.

4. Weeks, W. B., Gottlieb, DJ., Nyweide, D. J., Sutherland, J. M., Bynum, J., Casalino, L. P., Gillies, R. R., Shortell, S. M. & Fisher, E. S. (2010). Higher Health Care Quality and Bigger Savings Found at Large Multispecialty Medical Groups. Health Affairs, 29 (5), 991-997

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