ACO White Paper

October 30, 2012

The Physician’s Accountable Care Toolkit©

Preparing Medicine for the Approaching Accountable Care Era


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This strategic guide involved input through participation by many thought leaders who have come together to form the Toward Accountable Care Consortium (“TACC”). This paper would not have been possible without the generous support of all TACC member organizations, including significant in-kind support from the North Carolina Medical Society, as well as a substantial grant from The Physicians Foundation. We are grateful to Julian D. (“Bo”) Bobbitt, Jr. of the Smith Anderson law firm, who has many years’ experience providing strategic counsel regarding integrated care, for compiling the information in this non-technical “blueprint” format.

Part One contains the necessary elements for a successful Accountable Care Organization (“ACO”) and implementation guidance that transcend specialty or facility and apply equally to all ACO stakeholders.
The purpose of this paper is to arm you with knowledge and confidence as you consider joining or forming an ACO.

Part Two applies the principles and processes of the Guide to provide specific strategies and practical step-by-step guidance using concrete examples used by different physician specialties, including how to apply successfully for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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