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July 25, 2017

The new frontier of strategic alliances in health care: New partnerships under accountable care organizations

Region: Americas Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Strengthening governance and accountability, Coordinating services within and across sectors, Creating an enabling environment Source: Social Science & Medicine

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) and similar reforms aim to improve coordination between health care providers; however, due to the fragmented nature of the US health care system, successful cordination will hinge in large part on the ability of health care organizations to successfully partner across organizational boundaries. This article findings suggests that the success of the ACO model will hinge in large part upon the success of new partnerships, with important implications for understanding ACO readiness and capabilities, the relatively small savings achieved to date by ACO programs, and the path to providers bearing more risk for population health management.