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Accountable care organization

The concept of the Accountable Care Organization is designed to address a key problem: the fragmented, disconnected nature of fee-for-service health care delivery in most parts of the U.S. and the ways in which it rewards volume instead of results. As Accountable Care Organization models have matured, they’ve been increasingly connected with the Triple Aim, recognizing that associating goals, measurements and transparency with each of those aims is important to transforming the system overall.

George Isham, MD, MS, HealthPartners’ chief health officer and plan medical director

Learn more about Accountable Care Organizations in the Metro Doctors article linked below, written by Dr. Isham linked below.

Minnesota and the Emerging ACO


The Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association, launched a new initiative to provide the public, media, and policymakers with resources and information about the value of care coordination and accountable care to national health care reform.

The Northwest Metro Alliance is a long-term collaboration between Bloomington, Minnesota-based HealthPartners and Minneapolis-based Allina Hospitals and Clinics that is focused on achieving the “Triple Aim” of health care (high quality care, exceptional patient experience, and affordability) for more than 300,000 people receiving care from these organizations in the northwestern suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The Northwest Metro Alliance is a learning lab for an ACO, modeling many of the rules that are being promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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