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December 9, 2014

Americas: Are Accountable Care Organizations the Next Big Thing for Continuing Medical Education?

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Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, have been a hot topic at continuing medical education provider conferences lately. After all, the ACO healthcare payment and delivery model—created by the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare Shared Savings Program to hit the trifecta of improved overall care quality and population health, better patient care experience, and containing the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in the U.S.—shifts the burden of accountability of care from the payor to the provider, who only gets increased pay for improvements in patient outcomes. This means healthcare providers are going to have to step up their game. And that means education.

So ACOs should welcome CME providers who offer the outcomes-driven, quality-improvement–based interventions they need to hit their goals, right? Maybe they should, but it likely won’t be easy, says Bob Meinzer, senior director of national education strategy with the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. 

Read MeetingsNet.com's interview with Meinzer...

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