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Vendors offer crucial capabilities for organizations developing ACOs
Healthcare’s shift to value-based care has increased the interest in accountable care organizations. According to a recent report from Chilmark Research, about 936 ACOs were in operation at the end of last year, participating in more than 1,300 ACO contracts. Starting an ACO is fraught with risk—provider organizations typically may start their own, and then look for help with any technology, resource or knowledge gaps they need to fill, Chilmark says. Alternatively, a potential ACO can outsource a portion or all ACO development to a third-party vendor. The Chilmark report rates the capabilities of 10 ACO vendor “enablers,” which are capable of supporting “the complete end-to-end development, deployment, optimization and sometimes even the ongoing administration of ACOs.”