Hospital C-level executives don’t understand accountable care organizations and should not be planning participation in an ACO in a vacuum, two consultants warned during a well-populated session at HIMSS11 in Orlando.

Jim Adams, managing director at The Advisory Board, recalled a CIO telling him that the CEO and CFO were figuring out how to set up an ACO and they’ll tell him what they want from I.T. and he’ll put it in. “That’s a dangerous position because you may not be able to do what they want,” Adams said.

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