NCQA names first ACOs

The National Committee for Quality Assurance last week named six organizations as accountable care organizations: HealthPartners in Minnesota, Billings (Mont.) Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Essentia Health in Minnesota, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston, and Crystal Run Healthcare in New York, according to a HealthPartners statement. Like the Shared Savings ACO designation through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the NCQA accreditation is voluntary. NCQA last year announced it as a way for healthcare organizations to demonstrate ACO readiness, as they must pass a series of measures. –Read the full story at FierceHealthcare

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