the ACO should be able to accommodate or respond to any of the new payment mechanisms – full capitation, partial capitation, bundled or episode-of-care-based payment –and various add-onpayments for coordinating care or achieving defined quality and cost results. To enhance quality and cost effectiveness, an ACO needs to be able to: 1. Care for patients across the continuum of care, in different institutional settings as well as the home, 2. Plan, prospectively, for budgets andresource needs, 3. Effectively use evidence-based protocols and comparative effectiveness research, 4. Develop and support comprehensive, valid, and reliable measurement of performance Another benefit of ACO’s is they create incentives for hospitals and physicians to reduce unnecessary admissions through better disease prevention and primary care; reduce preventable readmissions through better coordinated care; and reduce unnecessary and costly useof hospital emergency rooms (Haas, 2011) This delivery care system is advantageous to patient outcomes because it uses evidence-based protocols and research, patients can be cared for in different settings including the home and usesbudgets and resources for the least expense possible. This helps with patient outcomes because its goal is to reduce admissions to the hospital and promote preventative and primary care resulting in less cost for the patient and the facility. References
Haas, S. A. (2011). Health reform act: new models of care and delivery systems. AAACN Viewpoint, 33(2), 11–12. Retrieved from -com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ccm&AN=104846661&site=eds-live&scope=site
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