Foundations for the Future: Building a Better ACO

by Optum

Sep 01, 2011

Download The health care industry is undergoing a transformation - spurred by an unsustainable reimbursement model that rewards volume rather than outcome. Many alternatives are being considered, including pay for performance, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and private ACO-like models, medical homes and bundled payments. Although the destination is not certain, it's clear that providers, payers, employers and patients are interested in a health care ecosystem that is aligned, connected and intelligent. With these initiatives gaining momentum and others on the horizon, it is certain that health IT will play a pivotal role in the transformation of health delivery.

This white paper is presented by IDC Health Insights and sponsored by Optum. The objectives were to provide guidance regarding:

� The transition to an accountable care model

� The steps healthcare organizations can take to prepare

� How technology can support the transformation to what Optum calls a "Sustainable Health Community"

� An overview of Optum's strategy to build Sustainable Health Communities