By Gregg A. Masters, MPH
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Overview of the ACO Congress
Since the Second National Accountable Care Organization Congress in November 2011, the ACO trend has demonstrated great momentum. As of June 2012, there are more than 200 ACOs identified in the U.S., a 38% increase in only six months (see: Update: Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations – Leavitt Partners). The number and variety of organizations adopting accountable care demonstrates providers’ strong belief that the accountable care model is a crucial component of the future of American healthcare.
The Third National ACO Congress held on October 30-November 1, 2012 in Los Angeles brought together leading policymakers, deal-makers, experts, and those who have been working on the frontline of ACO implementation and operations to provide unique, in-depth insights and hands-on experience on what has been done so far and what’s in the planning stage in every sector.
The three-day conference featured compelling keynote presentations, including “Inside the Deal” sessions with the principals in the Monarch/Optum and HealthCare Partners/DaVita transactions, political forecasts from leading healthcare advisers, updates from CMS, and insights from private sector ACO developers. There will be three content-rich pre-conferences and twenty-two concurrent sessions that offer participants a chance to learn more about the Medicare Shared Savings and Pioneer ACO programs, private sector ACO partnerships, Medicaid, Dual Eligible and safety net-focused ACOs. We will also hear from experts on ACO legal issues, quality measurement and HIT implementation. Please join us for this exciting agenda as ACO implementation continues to roll out across the nation.