National ACO Congress Focuses on Practical Healthcare Reform Challenges for Patients, Physicians and Hospitals

Monday Oct. 25 Presentations: Why Should Consumers Care About ACOs; California ACO Case Study; and Aligning Physicians, Hospitals and Health Plans

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) and the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) are convening a three day conference of health care leaders in Los Angeles, October 25-27, 2010, which provides an unprecedented opportunity for reporters covering healthcare to gain a deeper understanding of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and their implications to patients, providers, employers and our overall healthcare delivery system. As the nation gears up for federal healthcare reform, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are becoming the focal point of an innovative system of care that forces providers to work together to control costs and improve patient outcomes.


    The National Accountable Care Organization Congress


October 25 – 27, 2010 Full conference agenda and registration at:


Century Plaza Hyatt Regency, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA. The event will also be available by webcast. Check


Highlights for Monday, October 25, 2010:

Key ACO Principles and Issues: Why Should Consumers Care about ACOs and how will it affect their Healthcare?
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Donald Crane, President/CEO, California Association of Physician Groups and Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Leonard D Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, former CMS Administrator

California Profile: How Physician Groups, Hospitals and Insurance Companies Unite to become ACOs
9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Southern California hospital and physician group discuss challenges and benefits of collaboration.

Aligning Physicians, Hospitals, and Health Plans to Make ACOs Work
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Elliott Fisher, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, leads strategy session with California’s hospital, physician group and health plan leaders to identify how they can achieve ACO goals and how it can be replicated across the country.


California Association of Physician Groups
Kris Deutschman, 916-444-8801 or 916-425-7174 (c)
[email protected]
Daniel Danzig, 925-254-6078 or 925-216-8153 (c)
[email protected]

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  California

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Hospitals  Public Policy/Government  Healthcare Reform  Other Policy Issues  Public Policy  State/Local  Managed Care