Accountable Care Organizations

What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

An ACO is a provider-based organization that takes responsibility for meeting the health care needs of a defined population with the goal of simultaneously improving health, improving patient experiences and reducing costs. An ACO must have a strong primary care foundation and also may integrate other specialists, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. to promote a high degree of care coordination. The following arrangements of providers and services are eligible to participate as ACOs: ACO professionals in group practices, networks of individual practices of ACO professionals, partnerships or joint ventures between hospitals and ACO professionals, and hospitals employing ACO professionals.

How can you learn more about ACOs?

The North Carolina Medical Society was pleased to help found the Toward Accountable Care Consortium (TAC), a collaboration of 42 medical society and health care organization members, which worked together to create educational resources for health care providers interested in developing their own ACOs. Through grants provided by the Physicians Foundation, TAC developed more than 30 toolkits with both general and specialty-specific guidelines to assist in the formation of these value-driven models of care. Learn more about these toolkits and download your relevant guides for free.

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NCIOM Report on Healthy North Carolina 2030: A Path Toward Health

From NC DHHS: Healthy people and healthy communities are the foundation of a thriving, prosperous state, and improving the health, safety, and well-being of North Carolinians is a core part of the work of state government. In parallel with the national Healthy People initiative run by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has released Healthy North Carolina (HNC) goals at the beginning of each decade since 1990. HNC is a set of health indicators with 10-year targets designed to guide state efforts to improve health and wellbeing. Identifying key indicators and targets allows NC DHHS, the Division of Public Health (DPH), local health departments, and other partners across the state to work together toward shared goals.

Read the complete executive summary…. (pdf; 4 pages)

View the Full Report (pdf; 65 pages)