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Resources by Topic: Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations in Rural America
Examines the prevalence of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the U.S. Includes breakdowns by non-metropolitan, metropolitan, and mixed counties, as well as a map of ACO locations.
Additional links: National and Regional Maps
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Thomas Vaughn, Xi Zhu, Keith J. Mueller, Fred Ullrich
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Accountable Care Organizations: Benefits and Barriers as Perceived by Rural Health Clinic Management
Describes results of a survey, focus groups, and phone interviews with Rural Health Clinic (RHC) management personnel regarding benefits of and barriers to RHC participation in Accountable Care Organizations.
Author(s): Judith Ortiz, Angeline Bushy, Yue Zhou, Hong Zhang
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 13(2), 2417
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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Hospitals on the Path to Accountable Care: Highlights from a 2011 National Survey of Hospital Readiness to Participate in an Accountable Care Organization
Reports the results of a survey on healthcare providers across the country, including those practicing in rural areas. Provides assessments of hospitals' readiness to participate in accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Author(s): Anne-Marie J. Audet, Kevin Kenward, Shreya Patel, Maulik S. Joshi
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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An Interview with Ira Moscovice, Ph.D.
An interview with Ira Moscovice, the director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, who discusses changes that health reform will bring to rural providers, including new payment structures and quality measures.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Hospital Readiness for Population-Based Accountable Care
Provides hospital leaders with a snapshot of hospitals' current readiness to participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), as well as a tool with which to gauge their own organizations' relative preparedness for ACO participation. Includes rural throughout report.
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust
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Accountable Care Organizations in California: Programmatic and Legal Considerations
Summarizes discussion on policy and regulatory issues likely to arise in connection with the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), Pioneer Program, and commercial Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in California.
Author(s): William S. Bernstein, Jonah P. B. Frohlich, Francis J. LaPallo, Arun R. Patel, Martin J. Thompson
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Traverse City, Michigan, June 15-17, 2011
Provides a summary of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' (NACRHHS) 68th meeting, which included discussions on the following topics: rural health in Michigan, the Affordable Care Act's value-based purchasing demonstrations for rural hospitals, primary care training and placement, and aging.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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An Interview with Charles Alfero
The CEO of Hidalgo Medical Services and director of the National Center for Frontier Communities discusses life and work in the New Mexico frontier.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Medicare's Accountable Care Organization Regulations: How Will Medicare Beneficiaries Who Reside in Medically Underserved Communities Fare?
Examines the impact of accountable care organizations (ACOs) on medically underserved and rural areas, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Author(s): Sara Rosenbaum, Peter Shin
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management
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The 2011 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Services Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focused on rural childhood obesity, place-based initiatives for rural early childhood development, and rural implications of accountable care organizations and payment bundling. Includes recommendations to address these issues and provides appendices describing the 2010 site visits.
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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