ONC calls for ACO workgroup volunteers

A new workgroup focused on accountable care is forming under the direction of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)'s HIT Policy Committee. ONC seeks qualified professionals to serve on the workgroup on a volunteer basis.

ONC officials said the HIT Policy Committee's Accountable Care Workgroup will be charged with making recommendations on how the Department of Health & Human Services' policies and programs can advance the evolution of a health IT infrastructure that helps providers improve care and population health while reducing costs in accountable care models.

The workgroup will focus on specific and high-priority areas, officials noted, where programs and policies can shape the availability and use of health IT infrastructure necessary for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to realize the triple aim of improving the care of individuals, improving population health and reducing the per capita cost of care.

Nominees should have expertise in ACOs, health analytics, care coordination and/or long term care. Those interested in membership of this workgroup can register at ONC's Workgroup Application Database. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2013.