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ACO: physician resources

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are one of the most anticipated and, perhaps, most confusing developments in health care today. Ensure you can describe the basics of an ACO and understand how they function by reading the resources below.



“What Family Physicians Need to Know About ACOs”


The AMA’s “Understanding Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)” article for Physicians is another helpful resource, with a description of ACO governance issues, partnering with hospitals to create an ACO and managing antitrust risk associated with ACOs and hospital-physician employment agreements.

CMS innovation center

The CMS Innovation Center contains educational materials about the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Advance Payment Initiative and the Pioneer ACO Model.


NCQA now has ACO standards and guidelines and some ACO information in its resource library.