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Recent Conferences

October 22, 2012

Building the Components of Accountable Care: What Do Physicians, Hospitals and Insurers Need to Do Differently?

Co-Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, the Council of Accountable Physician Practices and Brandeis University

Federal policy makers and private insurers are rapidly implementing programs designed to hold health systems accountable for providing care under predetermined budgets in order to help control health care spending. This forum will examine strategies for optimizing performance under such arrangement through program design and development of organizational capacity. It will begin by presenting the results of a new survey of risk contracting in organized medical groups that illustrates operational differences between risk-based and fee-for-service groups. It will then examine key areas that organized delivery systems must address in order to succeed in accountable care arrangements – aligning physician compensation with organization objectives and developing strong partnerships with hospitals and post acute care providers. It will conclude by examining accountable care programs developed by private insurers and assessing the necessary elements for productive collaborations between health plans and provider systems.