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Commercial ACOs larger, more efficient, but lag on IT

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 3 6 0 | about 10 months ago

At a time when all eyes are on the performance of accountable care organizations, ACOs tend to be bigger and operate more efficiently when they hold commercial contracts. But both commercial and non-commercial ACOs have work to do on information technology, according to a new report.

Researchers, led by David Peiris of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, examined survey data from 399 national ACOs, analyzing the differences between 228 ACOS with commercial payer contracts and 171 that contracted with public payers such as Medicare and Medicaid. Not only did they find commercial ACOs had larger numbers of attributed Medicare beneficiaries, they were also more likely to encompass at least one hospital and be led by a combination of physicians and hospitals, according to the study, which was published in Health Affairs.

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