An analysis by the Berkeley Healthcare Forum group in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that Accountable Care Organizations in California are growing in size and number and improving care quality. The Golden State has 67 ACO’s — more than any other state.
The study suggests that ACO’s are moving toward achieving the goal of 60 percent of the California population receiving integrated care by 2022.
The report is called “A New Vision for California’s Healthcare System.”
Based on the Integrated Healthcare Association’s (IHA) quality measures, groups that also have ACO contracts have similar scores for treatment of heart disease and asthma, and better scores for cancer, diabetes, pediatric care, and chlamydia than other medical organizations in the state (excluding the special case of fully integrated Kaiser Permanente) and higher patient- experience score measures.