Attributing Patients To Accountable Care Organizations: Performance Year Approach Aligns Stakeholders’ Interests

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The accountable care organization (ACO) model of health care delivery is rapidly being implemented under government and private-sector initiatives. The model requires that each ACO have a defined patient population for which the ACO will be held accountable for both total cost of care and quality performance. This study examines the two major methods of defining, or attributing, patient populations to ACOs: the prospective method and the performance year method. 

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Date: Mar 2013
Author: Health Affairs