Survey: 65% of Employers Interested in ACO Model

A recent survey by Aon Hewitt and Polakoff Boland found that 65 percent of employers are very interested, interested or somewhat interested in exploring the use of an accountable care organization model to improve quality and reduce cost of employer-sponsored health benefits, according to a news release.

The survey of 675 U.S. employers revealed 28 percent of employers are interested or very interested in exploring ACOs, while 37 percent are somewhat interested, 24 percent are unsure and 11 percent are not at all interested. Quality of care delivered is the top ranked factor by 82 percent of employers in evaluating the use of ACOs. This was followed by the ability to manage the total cost of care (81 percent), patient outcomes (66 percent) and plan/provider pricing transparency (47 percent).

Nearly 80 percent said awareness or reputation of the sponsoring organization is critical or important in influencing employees in a positive manner, and 71 percent of organizations said having different ACO networks or models to choose from would be a critical or important positive influence on workers.

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