This 2016 report, produced by by Premier Inc., with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), suggests that as accountable care organizations (ACOs) progress, they are seeking to expand population health management capabilities, including their relationships with community organizations and patients.
The researchers collected qualitative and quantitative information from 19 fully-integrated ACOs that participate in Premier’s Population Health Management Collaborative to understand the current state of ACO development and implementation, and identify barriers and potential solutions.
Importantly, for CBOs interested in seeking health care partnerships, the report highlights that 84 percent of the ACOs surveyed cited increased support from their community partners as an opportunity for improvement that is very different from the work that hospital-based organizations have traditionally considered. The report is an invaluable resource for CBO leaders looking to understand the ACO marketplace and the care delivery areas where ACOs are struggling. This information can help a CBO identify where its services would be most valuable to an ACO, and can aid in building a value-based argument in favor of an ACO partnering with CBOs.