Ninety percent of experts say financial interests and misaligned incentives will be barriers to a successful implementation of accountable care organization (ACOs), according to the Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey.
The survey asked for healthcare leaders’ views on barriers to such delivery system innovation and strategies for fostering more accountability and coordination among health care providers. Key findings from the survey:
- A majority of leaders support the development of integrated models of care delivery
- More than eight of 10 leaders feel that developing performance metrics, implementing provisions to increase transparency and public reporting are important priorities
- About half of the opinion leaders surveyed feel that giving patients incentives to join accountable care systems and providing infrastructure support for ACO’s will be effective
- Sixty-three percent of survey respondents support development of a national accreditation system for ACOs
- Nearly three-quarters of opinion leaders are concerned about undue market power and dominance among provider groups