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Institute for Health Technology Transformation Publishes Accountable Care Report Outlining 10 Things You Need to Know About ACOs

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 19, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today the release of the Accountable Care Report. The report entitled, “10 Things You Need to Know About Accountable Care” is a synthesis of what key health care executives from across the United States think are the most important things you need to know about accountable care organizations along with six recommendations for providers interested in applying for ACO status.

The report begins by describing in detail the three different structures for ACOs, and also explores the current accountable care models. The report addresses the characteristics of an ideal ACO model, and also highlights the overall importance of technology and how any organization looking to become an ACO must accurately assess its current IT capabilities, and what IT assets will be required to realize shared savings.

“While there is much we all need to learn about the recent and impending ACO regulations, what we do know is that becoming “accountable” should not be optional- delivery of better care at a lower cost should be an imperative for us all,” said Craig Samitt. “Many organizations have been searching for clear and concise road-maps to guide our ACO transformations. The iHT2 ACO report is a great read and an excellent start. It highlights some of the realities, priorities, and pitfalls to those beginning the journey toward accountability.”

The report’s contributing executives included: Craig Samitt, MD, President & CEO, Dean Health System; Kshitij Saxena, MD, MHSA, Medical Director, AHS-IS, Adventist Health System, Greg Carlson, PhD, Assistant Professor and Associate for Healthcare Consulting Director of the Center for Innovation and Continuing Education Health Services Administration, The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Ben Wilson, Director, Global Healthcare Strategy, Intel Corporation; and Tricia Marine Barrett, VP, Product Development, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The report’s co-authors included Eleanor Burton, OD, MPH, Virginia Traweek, MS and Waco Hoover, CEO, Institute for Health Technology Transformation.    

“Progress on healthcare payment reform is critical to achieving meaningful changes in healthcare delivery that will lower costs and improve quality,” said Ben Wilson. “The CMS Innovation Center has proposed the Shared Savings, Bundled Payments and the Pioneer Accountable Care programs as important steps towards healthcare payment reform. With these changes providers will be paid to deliver quality at the lowest possible cost and Intel believes that information technology will provide an enabling platform for improvements in healthcare delivery.”

“With the significant attention ACOs have received over the past year it’s critical for organizations and health care executives to understand the realities associated with accountable care and shared savings,” said Waco Hoover. “The Institute was privileged to work with such an accomplished group of executives in an effort to provide a valuable and timely resource to the health care community.”    

The report can be downloaded directly by visiting the Institute’s Download Center at

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

To speak with someone about this release please contact Matthew Raynor at matt(at)ihealthtran(dot)com, 561-748-6281


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