An education session at HIMSS12 in Las Vegas will lay out foundations for physician practices hoping to succeed in an accountable care organization environment.

Fundamental issues for ACOs and related patient-centered medical homes include care coordination and continuity of care, says Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the Center for Health-IT at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Many practices, for instance, need to re-think long-held attitudes about care coordination, he notes. “A lot still see the physician as the source of care and not the practice.”

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