MD practices avoid ACOs.
About three-fifths of physician practices are avoiding accountable
care organizations - they haven't joined one and don't plan to
do so, according to a survey in the journal Health Services Research.
About 24% of practices have joined an ACO to date, while 16% say
they're planning to do so, the study found. "Physician
practices that are currently participating in ACOs appear to be
relatively large, or to be members of an IPA or PHO, are less likely to
be hospital owned, and are more likely to use more care management
processes than nonparticipating practices," the authors reported.
Practices in New England and those that had implemented patient-centered
medical homes also were more likely to have joined an ACO.