Here we stand, on the precipice of a new era marked by value-based care and accountable care organizations (ACOs), and for all intents and purposes, the jury’s still out on whether these new models will succeed.
As we head into the New Year, it’s important to proactively consider the changes that are taking place within the healthcare industry. From the Affordable Care Act providing access to millions of previously uninsured Americans to the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for medical diagnoses reporting, 2014 will bring about some of the most significant challenges within the healthcare market to date. How these challenges are met — or not met — could largely determine which providers are standing tall this time next year.
Now that it’s been a couple of days since my colleagues and I returned from the 99th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting
in Chicago, we’ve had some time to digest all of the conversations from the show floor, sessions and client meetings. With more than 55,000 attendees, 600 technical exhibits and hundreds of posters and educational sessions, there’s no question that RSNA remains among the world’s most prominent medical conferences.
At the risk of stating the obvious, accountable care organizations (ACOs), at their most fundamental level, are about accountability
– holding member physicians, hospitals and other providers accountable
for the quality and cost of the care they give their patients. After all, an ACO’s primary mission, when all is said and done, is to improve quality, reduce costs and increase efficiency by coordinating patients’ healthcare needs.