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Tough to track hospital ACO performance indicators

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Authors of an article in NEJM Catalyst discuss how hospital-based Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are facing big hurdles in tracking performance indicators. They conclude:

“ACOs are a broad-stroke model for changing how health care is delivered. Analysis of {an American Hospital Association} survey results highlights the reasons that a broad tool is challenging: It is difficult to get data at the level of granularity required to resonate with individuals, and primary care physicians have limited control over the wide range of care their patients receive over the course of a year. A more targeted tool, like bundled payments, where one defined episode of care can be studied, measured, and perfected, may be a better answer and could even be used within an ACO to distribute capitated payments.”

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