NCMS Hosts ACO Summit

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) hosted almost 100 physicians and consultants in Raleigh at the ACO Summit on Saturday, August 7, 2010.  Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are an emerging model for health care delivery for Medicare services under Health System Reform.  ACOs link groups of providers together to coordinate and improve quality and efficiency in health care by fostering greater accountability in the delivery of care.

ACO Summit attendees heard presentations offering perspectives on ACOs from the Brookings Institute, Crescent PPO, Community Care of North Carolina, Poyner and Spruill, LLP, and Smith Anderson.  Participants discussed how new business models can improve the delivery of health care and how physician participants can use existing successful programs as a foundation for ACOs.  The Summit also reviewed the NCMS current draft policy on Accountable Care Organizations, to be considered by the NCMS Board of Directors in September.

Presentations and materials from the ACO Summit can be found on the NCMS Health System Reform page If you would like to offer feedback on the draft policy on ACOs or provide information on ACOs being developed in your area, please complete and submit the feedback form also found on the Health System Reform page.  Please submit feedback regarding the draft policy by August 30, 2010.


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