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New Peer-Reviewed Study Shows Mixed Results in ACO Medication Readiness To Achieve Quality, Cost Goals
Date:1/6/2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) gain traction among both private and public payers, so do expectations that these networks of health care providers will improve the quality of patient care and reduce overall costs. However, new research shows that ACOs have not yet developed the capabilities they need to leverage optimal medication use to achieve those goals.   

The research, conducted in partnership among the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), appears in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

"We've long known that optimal use of medications can be an effective tool in meeting the goals of managing costs and improving quality. We set out to determine whether ACOs are poised to maximize the value of medications to achieve those goals," said NPC Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, one of the article's authors. "What we found was that ACOs have not yet achieved this integral and critical component of care."

The research team developed an assessment tool, using the National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations as a basis, and received survey responses from 46 ACOs representing a variety of physicians, hospitals, providers and health plans. 

Study authors found that ACOs reported high readiness in some areas, but have room for improvement in others. Research showed that the most positive indicators included the ability of ACOs to: 


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