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An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of health care providers who work to deliver coordinated care and are collectively accountable for the cost and quality of care.
ACOs have the potential to improve the quality of care and lower costs.
To show success, ACOs must report on specific quality measures. More than half of the measures are impacted by medication use
But, are ACOs ready to use medications in achieving those goals?
Key indicators of ACO capabilities show the answer is Yes and NO
Yes, many ACOs can:
But many ACOs aren't:
How are ACOs using medication to improve care and drive down costs? Stay tuned for a series of case studies to be published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Source: Dubois RW, Feldman M, Lustig A, KortzbauerG, Penso J, Pope SD, Westrich KD. Are ACOs Ready to be Accoutable for Medication Use? J Manag Care Pharm. 2014;20(1):17-21.
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