Care Delivery Models

As the U.S. health care system works toward achieving the “triple aim” of better individual health, better population health and lower costs, much excitement has been garnered around the development of new care delivery models that are designed to provide coordinated, high-quality care and reduce costs. Two models in particular have been the focus of intense interest and research:

  • Accountable care organizations (ACOs), which were born as part of the Affordable Care Act, are networks of hospitals and doctors that agree to coordinate patient care in return for the opportunity to receive bonuses for meeting quality targets while also keeping costs manageable.
  • Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are practices that offer patients comprehensive and coordinated care by a physician-led team that focuses on improved quality, safety and access.

These models represent major milestones in the U.S.’s push toward a more efficient and affordable health care system and will continue to provide value as researchers continue to gather learnings from them in the years to come.

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