Study: Performance Measurement and Evaluation Through EHRs Key to ACO Success

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association recognized the importance of assessing the performance of accountable care organizations and suggested ACOs use different measurement approaches through the use of electronic health records, according to the study.

The study, titled "Accountable Care Organizations: Accountable for What, to Whom, and How?," outlines how different levels of ACOs should assess their performance with or without the use EHRs.

Level 1 ACOs, organizations without EHRs, could use measures from claims data and then progress to health outcomes, patient-reported care experiences and total costs of care. Level 2 ACOs, organizations with site-specific EHRs and registries, could add advanced measures like patient-reported outcomes. Level 3 ACOs, with EHRs across all sites of care, could measure informed patient choice and outcomes for a multitude of conditions.

Read the JAMA study "Accountable Care Organizations: Accountable for What, to Whom, and How?"

Read other coverage about accountable care organizations:

- 10 Recommendations on ACO Regulations From Premier's Collaborative

- Accrediting Body Issues Proposed Standards for ACOs, Asks for Comment

- Southeastern Wisconsin Health System, IPA Launch Accountable Care Organization

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