Sixty Accountable Care Organizations hailing from more than 15 states have banded together to create the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), a non-profit entity aimed at galvanizing and synchronizing quality care initiatives, cost-efficiency incentives and general health community improvement forays amongst healthcare’s rising, care-delivery model.
"It is phenomenal that this many ACOs could come together in a matter of 8 weeks to form such an important organization," said Clif Gaus, president of the NAACOS, in a news release. "While rapid, this is a natural evolution of what was an informal network of ACO executives recognizing the need for the ACO industry to have its voice clearly and consistently at the table as regulations and program rules are developed by CMS and the States.”
Mike Barrett, residing chair of the NAACOS, elaborates on the necessity: “Equally important is providing a forum for a peer to peer exchange of effective and efficient solutions to the myriad of operational challenges."
The NAACOS mission was abbreviated as follows:
- Fostering growth of accountable care models of care;
- Promoting industry-wide uniformity on quality and performance measures;
- Providing Peer-to-Peer learning experiences
- Highlighting clinical and operational best practices;
- Constructively engaging the vendor community, and
- Educating the public about the value of accountable care.
Currently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) formally recognizes 258 ACO entities as such, with private ensures moving with equal fervor to establish ACO payer regimen across the country. Barrett, Gaus and the rest of the NAACOS expect that membership into the organization will top 100 ACOs by April.
An Interim Board of Directors dictates NAACOS actions presently, although a permanent board is expected to be elected come June. The association’s first membership meeting/event is scheduled for mid-March (19-21) in Baltimore, MD.