ACOs Could be Stymied By Data Problems, NCQA Head Says

Margaret O'Kane, president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, said providers' problems with data collection and information technology could impede formation of accountable care organizations, according to a report by News Medical.



NCQA, the national accrediting and evaluation body for managed care organizations, is planning to release standards for private payor-financed ACOs in July. In February, the organization released new standards for a Patient-Centered Medical Home program that are aligned with meaningful use standards.


Meanwhile, Jon Blum, a senior official in CMS, said the agency had been getting some pushback on its proposed rules for ACOs, released March 31. "Some of the reaction is, 'You guys made this so hard we can't participate,'" Blum said at a meeting sponsored by the College of American Pathologists. Some stakeholders have told federal officials that the proposal "isn't a good deal," he added.


Read the News Medical report on ACOs.

Related articles on NCQA and ACOs:

NCQA to Release Standards for Private-Payor ACOs in July

New Standards for Patient-Centered Medical Homes in Line With Meaningful Use

Federation of American Hospitals Objects to NCQA Draft Criteria for ACOs


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