Institute to collect data and evidence to identify ACO best practices

Research to be disseminated to support care improvement, pop health, says Don Berwick, MD.

A new research organization will begin work soon on collecting evidence and disseminating best practices on accountable care, with organizers hoping the results will enhance the quality of care, reduce costs and improve population health.

The not-for-profit Institute for Accountable Care will be collecting data and other evidence to build the evidence base on accountable care and to measure the impact of accountable care models on healthcare delivery systems.

Created by the National Association of ACOs and introduced this week at its annual conference, the institute is expected to work with major academic and philanthropic institutions in conducting its data-driven research.

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"The Institute will not only build the evidence base but also ensure that effective approaches and best practices get into the hands of providers so they can deliver better care to patients," says Don Berwick, MD, Institute board member and president emeritus and senior fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

The institute for Accountable Care is expected to produce studies and reports that will focus on four areas of importance to ACOs:

• Developing successful strategies for improving care and controlling cost growth.

• Improving the data that researchers can use to analyze accountable care strategies and performance.

• Promoting collaboration among frontline providers and their organizations to improve population health.

• Testing innovative approaches that healthcare organizations can use to improve care and control costs.

"To make the kind of informed improvements needed in healthcare, we must invest in research that advances our knowledge about how to implement accountable care as effectively as possible," says institute board member, Mark McClellan, MD, who is the current director of the Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD Center for Health Policy at Duke University. "The creation of the Institute for Accountable Care capitalizes on the growing opportunities to expand the evidence-based science on effective accountable care strategies."

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