Preventive Care Quality of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: Associations of Organizational Characteristics With Performance

Medical Care
January 2016
Albright, B.B., Lewis, V.A., Ross, J.S., and Colla, C.H.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are a delivery and payment model aiming to coordinate care, control costs, and improve quality. Medicare ACOs are responsible for 8 measures of preventive care quality. In her HCFO-funded study, Valerie Lewis, Ph.D., Dartmouth College, and researchers created composite measures of preventive care quality to examine associations of ACO characteristics with performance. They found that in their first year, ACOs lagged behind PPO performance on the majority of comparable measures. The researchers concluded that ACO preventive care quality performance is related to provider composition and benefitted by upfront investment.

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