I’ve always loved the common phrase that ACOs are like a unicorn. Everyone knows what it is, but no one’s ever seen one. I think that’s starting to change and this whitepaper called ACO & Collaborative Care – The Basics has provided the best overview I’ve seen of the healthcare reform, ACO and collaborative care world.
For example, it offers this statement that’s worth considering: “Health reform IS REAL and NOT GOING away.” Related to this is an equally powerful statement, “Value has become competitively relevant.”
Chew on those statements a little bit. Let it roll around on your tongue and consider what that means for the future of healthcare. Once you get past the anger that many will feel around these changes and the lack of clarity of the changes, then you realize that it’s true. Health Reform, ACOs, and Collaborative Care are all going to shape the future of healthcare.
Plus, it’s also worth recognizing that there are no ACOs in a box that you can just plug and play into your organization and see the results. There are a lot of tools available to help you get where you need to go. Technology and data are going to be tremendous assets on this pathway, but it’s going to take more than just technology to make this a reality.
Either way, if you haven’t dug into what’s happening around changing reimbursement, ACOs, and health reform, I suggest you start by downloading this whitepaper for a basic overview of where it’s going.