ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Amerinet, Inc., a leading national healthcare group purchasing organization today announced the launch of an ACO (Accountable Care Organization) Resource Center featuring information provided by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. The ACO Resource Center is the latest free educational offering to be added to Amerinet’s public website (www.amerinet-gpo.com) and Inquisit’s public website, Amerinet’s strategic education partner (www.inquisit.org).
“There are currently varying definitions for ACOs, but at its core, an ACO has the same basic goals espoused by Amerinet – to reduce costs, improve quality and help providers develop skills and resources in a collaborative fashion to serve patients,” said Todd Ebert, president and CEO, Amerinet. “As part of our ongoing mission to provide the most up-to-date resources on healthcare reform and the many issues our customers face, we are linking members with information provided by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, which offers a comprehensive listing of literature and key issues on ACOs in The Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare.”
One of the most important components of the recently enacted healthcare legislation is the establishment of ACOs, which are intended to improve the value of care (as measured by cost and quality) delivered to patients. While the healthcare community is still trying to determine the benefits and challenges of becoming an ACO, it is clear that the accountable care model will significantly change the way providers care for their patients, are reimbursed for that care and are held 'accountable' for the health of patients they treat.
“The papers and articles found in this Resource Center are a treasure trove for people interested in accountable care research and learning,” stated Craig Westling, managing director of Accountable Care at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, and co-manager of the Brookings-Dartmouth ACO Learning Network. “It’s a great resource to find a wide array of ideas and practical advice on what needs to be worked on to achieve accountable care.”
The ACO Resource Center can be accessed via Amerinet’s and Inquisit’s websites at http://www.amerinet-gpo.com/Resource-Center/Pages/ACO.aspx or http://www.inquisit.org/Inquisit/NowFeaturing.aspx?FeaturingId=46. To learn more about ACOs, a great place to start is with the following two articles from 2009:
- “Primary Care and Accountable Care – Two Essential Elements of Delivery-System Reform” by Diane R. Rittenhouse, M.D., M.P.H., Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., and Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.
- “The Cost of Health Care – Highlights from a Discussion about Economics and Reform” by Atul A. Gawande, M.D., M.P.H., Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H., Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D., and Meredith B. Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Amerinet will also work with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice in 2011 on a comprehensive executive brief that will further define ACO characteristics and implementation.
As a leading national healthcare group purchasing organization, Amerinet collaborates with acute and alternate care providers to create and deliver unique solutions through performance improvement resources, guidance and ongoing support. With better product standardization and utilization, new financial tools beyond contracting and alliances that help lower costs, raise revenue and champion quality, Amerinet enriches healthcare delivery for its members and the communities they serve. To learn more about how Amerinet can help you successfully navigate the future of healthcare reform, visit www.amerinet-gpo.com.
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