Sixteen vendors, consultancies and advocacy organizations have formed the Accountable Care Community of Practice, a collaboration to help provider organizations developing or planning to develop accountable care organizations.

The partnership will focus on identifying and creating best practices for implementation, legal and regulatory education; ACO requests for proposal templates, terminology and language alignment; and success stories. Other initiatives include regional forums and workshops, Web seminars, engaging the business community and creating a policy platform.

Founders of the collaborative include vendors AT&T, Cisco, Dell, GE Healthcare and parent company General Electric, Greenway Medical Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens, and OptumInsight. Other organizations include eHealth Initiative, HIMSS, Manatt, Premier and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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