Accountable Care OrganizationsNameInstitutionInstructorCourseDate Accountable Care OrganizationsOne of the issues in the key features of the Affordable Care Act is having accountable care organizations and other programs to help doctors and health care providers work together to deliver better care (Shi & Singh, 2014).
This is expected to improve the quality of healthcare as well as lower the costs incurred in the provision of healthcare services. Some of the strategies implemented to achieve this include linking payments to quality outcomes where healthcare facilities have a program meant to provide financial incentives to motivate healthcare workers (Shi & Singh, 2014). Another strategy includes training healthcare providers to understand and address the health disparities, which will ensure that minority groups are able to access affordable healthcare services. Information collected through interviews and participation of Accountable Care Organizations administrators indicate that these organizations are growing in size and number (Bagwell, Bushy, & Ortiz, 2017).
This has also resulted in an increase in emphasis on preventive care, which is meant to address the increased development of chronic illnesses. However, research has indicated the need for the integration of information technology to clinical services as well as the financial systems (Bagwell, Bushy, & Ortiz, 2017). According to the Centers for Medicare, coordinated care is important in ensuring that these patients get appropriate care at the same time saving on costs as this prevents duplication of services and medical errors.
This has led to a reduction in the number of Medicare patients, which was attributed to medical errors in the course of their care, which negatively impacted their health outcome (Bagwell, Bushy, & Ortiz, 2017). The number of patients being readmitted within 30 days has also reduced which is a positive outcome in the implementation of this strategy. Hospital performance is also publicly displayed which is meant to link payment of healthcare practitioners and their performance (Bagwell, Bushy, & Ortiz, 2017). This measure is beneficial to all those involved in healthcare provision as this will ensure improved performance by healthcare practitioners as well as minimize the increasing healthcare costs which negatively impact the healthcare sector. Due to a reduction of medical errors, the quality of healthcare delivery will also improve leading to the achievement of healthcare goals (Shi & Singh, 2014). ReferencesBagwell, M.
T., Bushy, A., & Ortiz, J. (2017). Accountable Care Organization Implementation Experiences and Rural Participation: Considerations for Nurses. The Journal of nursing administration, 47(1), 30-34.
Shi, L., & Singh, D. A.
(2014). Delivering health care in America: A systems approach (6th ed.).
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