The National Committee for Quality Assurance, an accreditation firm in Washington, is on schedule to launch a new program in July to accredit accountable care organizations.

Working with 10 provider organizations, NCAQ has completed a month-long pilot test to determine if organizations could reasonably collect and submit data for the program. Work on the program started in April 2010 and included a public comment period last fall that garnered responses from 220 organizations.

Integrated delivery systems participating in the pilot were Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis.; HealthPartners in Minneapolis and Prevea Health in Green Way, Wis. Independent practice association participants were Northwest Physicians Network in Tacoma, Wash.; San Juan IPA in Farmington, N.M.; Montefiore Medical Center IPA in New York and Mount Auburn Cambridge IPA in Boston. Multispecialty group practice participants were HealthCare Partners in Torrance, Calif.; Billings (Mont.) Clinic and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston.

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--Joseph Goedert


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