Quality and Cost

That’s the crux of any Accountable Care Organization – quality and cost.  How we get there varies greatly.  KCMPA is a physician-led ACO.  I have always thought that would increase our chance of success.  National policy experts recently published a report saying they think so, too.  Every physician knows that some procedures, tests, etc. in their specialty have value and others don’t.  In a physician-led ACO, incentives focus attention on interventions that have clinical relevance and referrals go to providers who agree – no need for extra stuff if it won’t actually improve health – even if patients want the extras.

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