As we enter the age of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Academy has produced guidance for members on factors to consider in evaluating an opportunity to participate in an ACO. Developed by the AAP ACO Workgroup, the following guidance has been reviewed and approved by the AAP Executive Committee.

For more information on ACOs, contact Ed Zimmerman, director of the AAP Department of Practice, at 800-433-9016, ext. 7917.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) included a number of provisions that establish accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicare and Medicaid/ Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an ACO is an organization of health care providers that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of beneficiaries. In return, it will receive incentive payments based on quality and cost containment instead of volume and intensity. Eligible...

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