PCPCC launches center to focus on ACOs

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative has launched a new center focused on studying accountable care organizations, reports Healthcare Finance News.

The goal of the Center for Accountable Care is to ensure that ACOs are anchored by patient-centered primary care. It will identify and make recommendations on ACO regulations and policies--particularly those the center sees will promote patient-centered care. The center may also launch ACO-oriented white papers and conduct and publish research.

"Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has provided an opportunity for healthcare organizations to structure ACOs, but many questions remain about the role of the medical home within these new payment models," said Edwina Rogers, the PCPCC's executive director. "This new center will serve as a guide to help healthcare leaders establish primary care and the medical home role firmly within the ACO."

The PCPCC is a coalition of more than 700 employers, consumer groups and organizations representing primary care physicians.

For more information:
- read the Healthcare Finance News article
- read the Center for Accountable Care's mission statement