ACOs could meet both payment reform, population health needs

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) represent a rare opportunity for states to meet both their population health and payment reform needs, according to a new study by the Milbank Memorial Fund. ACOs that serve Medicaid populations have an opportunity to address these issues due to Medicaid patients' relatively worse health compared to the rest of their population and complex needs on the socioeconomic level. The issue brief recommended that organizations establish ACOs with geographical boundaries in order to improve care coordination and determine population health needs by analyzing existing data. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare