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The Work Ahead: Activities and Costs to Develop an Accountable Care Organization

The white paper was conducted by McManis Consulting under the sponsorship of the American Hospital Association.

The paper reports case study research on four organisations - New West Physicians, Colorado; Metro Health, Michigan; Memorial Hermann Health, Texas and Catholic Medical Partners, New York, representing different types of organisations operating under different market conditions.

It explains that most healthcare organisations see substantial work ahead in order to create the type of accountable care organizations (ACOs) that are intended to manage the health of a defined population.

The paper examines the steps and associated costs of establishing an organisation that is accountable for care, identifying 23 different capabilities which were found to be crucial in the development of a workable ACO.

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