Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Palliative Care

"Palliative care could expand the reach of population health interventions beyond prevention of illness by developing strategies to improve well-being after an illness has occurred." 

Joan Teno, MD, University of Washington Palliative Care Center of Excellence
David Casarett, MD, Chief of Palliative Care Services at Duke University Health System

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of local health care providers and hospitals who volunteer to work together to provide patients with coordinated care. They aim to minimize costs for patients, especially those facing serious illnesses, by offering them efficient and timely care and avoiding unnecessary duplication of services in the process. In addition, ACOs create an incentive to be more efficient by offering bonuses to providers who keep costs down.

The articles below underscore how palliative care is integral to delivering high-value care in the ACO model.

Selected Case Studies

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