Accountable Care Organizations: Your Guide to Strategy, Design, and Implementation

New book published by Navigant and Health Administration Press, the publishing Division of the American College of Healthcare Executives, offers framework for successful ACOs

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Navigant (NYSE: NCI) and Health Administration Press today announced the release of a new book Accountable Care Organizations: Your Guide to Strategy, Design, and Implementation authored by Navigant healthcare professionals Marc Bard, MD and Michael Nugent.

Published by Health Administration Press, a division of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the book assesses a culmination of issues being dealt with by healthcare providers, physician practices, insurers, and government agencies in the movement to establish accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) in today’s healthcare delivery system. The book provides the structural blueprints, management skills, and cultural tools necessary to implement a successful ACO, and presents a number of concepts drawing upon evidence from the field on many facets of the ACO development journey.

“America is dealing with a broken healthcare system, and it’s up to us [providers, consumers, the government] to restructure the system so we can be accountable for the totality of care,” commented David L. Bernd, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Sentara Healthcare. “This book takes a hard look at what it takes to design and implement an effective accountable care organization.”

The book covers a number of key topics that are critical for the start-up of ACOs, including:

  • What does it take to become an ACO?
  • What steps and actions should your organization take to implement an ACO strategy?
  • How can organizational culture support your move to accountable care?
  • How can you build a business plan to support an ACO strategy?
  • What information technology is needed to implement an ACO strategy?

In conjunction with the publishing of the book, and in an effort to support healthcare organizations in evaluating the new ACO regulations recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Navigant will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 27. Bard and Nugent will be joined by Dr. Bruce Hamory, Executive Vice President and Managing Partner with Geisinger Health System, for a discussion on what it will take to design and implement an effective accountable care organization. Click here to register for our ACO Webinar. Individual copies of the book can be purchased at

About the Authors

Marc Bard, MD, chief innovation officer in Navigant’s Healthcare practice, is a nationally regarded expert on physician leadership effectiveness, change management, and organizational design. Dr. Bard is a board-certified internist who now serves as a strategy and leadership consultant. Dr. Bard practiced internal medicine for 18 years at Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP) – one of the first staff-model HMOs – and served as the organization’s chief of internal medicine and director of medical staff developments.

Michael Nugent is a managing director and leader of Navigant’s Payment Transformation, Managed Care & Pricing Team. With nearly 20 years in the healthcare payer and provider industry, Mr. Nugent is an expert and nationally recognized writer, speaker, and advisor in the area of pricing, managed care contracting strategy, negotiations, and front-end revenue-cycle innovations.

About Navigant

Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Through senior level engagement with clients, Navigant professionals combine technical expertise in Disputes and Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with business pragmatism in the highly regulated Construction, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare industries to support clients in addressing their most critical business needs. More information about Navigant can be found at

About Health Administration Press

Health Administration Press (HAP) is a leading publisher of books and journals on all aspects of health services management. As a division of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, HAP has direct access to the brightest healthcare leaders and the latest trend information. Established in 1972, HAP has grown from a small office on the campus of the University of Michigan to one of the largest health services management publishers.


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