NCMS ACO Summit to Help Physicians with Development of New Health Care Delivery Models

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains provisions for the development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which are part of impending changes in the health care delivery system. These changes will present new challenges and opportunities for physicians, who will need to organize to take a lead role in determining what is best for our health delivery system.

NCMS President Douglas D. Sheets, MD, has called for an Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Summit to be held Saturday, August 7, 2010, 10:30am – 2:30pm, at the NCMS headquarters in Raleigh.

The Summit aims to educate physicians about ACOs and the need to take a leadership role in the development of new health care delivery models such as ACOs in North Carolina. Dr. Sheets has invited specialty and county societies to each send up to two representatives to address the changes resulting from the passage of comprehensive health system reform legislation earlier this year.

The NCMS is envisioning a comprehensive approach that will focus on organizational development (ACOs or similar health care delivery models), health information technology and exchange (HIT), and quality. On the NCMS website, you will find the Health System Reform Resource Center, with a section dedicated to ACOs. Physicians are encouraged to learn more about these emerging delivery models and offer input on resources needed to prepare them for the medical practice of the future.

If you have questions, please contact Melanie Phelps at [email protected].


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