Implementing ACOs One of Top Challenges for Medical Groups, Survey Finds

Research by the Medical Group Management Association found implementing and/or optimizing an accountable care organization was one of the top five challenges for members, according to an MGMA report.

The report, "Medical Practice Today: What Members Have to Say," found 60.2 percent of respondents said implementing ACOs was one of the biggest challenges, making it the fifth most challenging issue overall.

Out of 44 issues, the top challenge for MGMA members was preparing for new reimbursement models that include greater financial risk for practices. The other top challenges include participating in the electronic health record meaningful use program, managing increasing operating costs and selecting and implementing a new EHR system.

Read the MGMA report on healthcare challenges.

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