2011 Accountable Care Organization Survey - AMN Healthcare

November 14, 2012

2011 Accountable Care Organization Survey

Healthcare facility challenges and participation in ACO’s

Both the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and economic realities are compelling hospitals and physicians to rethink how they deliver care. The current system, which generally rewards physicians  and hospitals for “doing more,” is no longer sustainable. New models and payment methods are being sought that reward participants on the basis of quality and cost effectiveness rather than volume.

Principal among these models are Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). ACOs create incentives for healthcare providers to work together to treat an individual patient across care settings – including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The Medicare Shared Savings Program and participating private payers will reward ACOs that lower growth in healthcare costs while meeting performance standards on quality of care.

Participation in ACOs is voluntary, and not all health facilities or physicians may be willing or able to adopt this model.

AMN Healthcare’s 2011 Accountable Care Organization Survey examines, among other things:

  • How many healthcare facilities are participating in ACOs or intend to in the future
  • The challenges healthcare facility administrators and physicians face in adopting the ACO model
  • Facility administrators and physician perspectives on whether or not ACOs will deliver significant cost and quality benefits

The survey was sent via email to just over 105,000 healthcare facility administrators and physicians nationwide in May 2011 and 882 responses were received during a two-week period.