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Essential Population Health Resources for ACOs

April 27, 2011
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A new Care Continuum Alliance (Washington, D.C.) toolkit for accountable care organizations (ACOs) provides resources on key wellness and health management strategies essential to the emerging care model's success.

The Care Continuum Alliance, a 200-member industry association for wellness, prevention and care management, today released "Achieving Accountable Care: Essential Population Health Management Tools for ACOs" and will host a webinar on the toolkit Friday, April 29.

Supported by significant peer-reviewed literature, the 60-page toolkit shows how four core strengths of population health management - strategies and services aimed at promoting wellness and reducing chronic disease risk and severity - can help ACOs achieve quality and savings goals:
• Health risk assessments and predictive modeling, to focus the ACO on patients with the greatest needs and who are at highest risk.
• Mobile, connected, empowered and flexible non-physician-based care that capitalizes on clinical teaming and shared decision-making.
• Data "liquidity" and analytics to gain insights from health information technology and better understand how to improve outcomes in an ACO population.
• Management expertise to ensure the intellectual and financial capital necessary to accept various levels of risk transfer.

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