Continued Insigthts into ACO’s: 5 Key Findings

By Molly Gamble for Becker’s Hospital Review

1. Approximately 40 percent of healthcare administrators and physicians say physician-staffing alignment is the biggest challenge with accountable care organizations. A June survey based on 882 responses found 40 percent attributing delayed progress towards ACOs to alignment. After physician and staff alignment, 31.4 percent of respondents attributed the delay in ACO formation to a lack of capital and 26.2 percent cited a lack of integrated IT systems.

2. ACO start-up costs can peak to as much as $26.1 million. A May study projected the start-up costs of ACOs to be between $11.6 million and $26.1 million. These findings were significantly higher than the original estimate of $1.8 million by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in its proposed rule.

3. More than 70 percent of hospital executives have cynical view of ACOs. In a February survey, 74 percent of hospital executives said they are cynical of the effect of medical homes and ACOs will have on their bottom lines. Of that percentage, two-thirds of hospital executives said the new models will cause hospital margins to slide.

4. Nearly half of physicians do not know what an ACO is. In January, a survey found (for complete article, click here).


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