Industry Updates

Health Affairs offers an updated bibliography of reliable research and surveys of the ACO industry

It’s too soon to fully gauge the effectiveness of ACOs or patient-centered medical homes, but no one can say that they aren’t off and running. Nine articles offer early insights on ACO and patient-centered medical home care delivery models, both of which have made significant headway in a relatively short period of time. ACOs, in particular, have seen considerable momentum—from a standing start just two years ago, to more than 300 ACOs now operating in forty-eight states.

The goal of both models is to more tightly coordinate care and improve the health of patients, but no one is sure whether either model will deliver major cost savings, especially right away. Articles include the following:

Accountable Care Organizations May Have Difficulty Avoiding the Failures of Integrated Care Networks of the 1990s, by Lawton Burns and Mark Pauly of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.