The Commonwealth Fund releases four case studies on ACO development

The Commonwealth Fund has released a report highlighting findings and lessons from case studies of four health care organizations participating in the Brookings–Dartmouth ACO Pilot Program, launched in 2009 to support the formation accountable care organizations.

The report found that common obstacles for all four organizations in developing their ACOs included the need to strengthen care management capabilities, the need to build relationships with physicians, payers, and other partners, and the need to develop a new kind of payment model.  Some methods of overcoming these obstacles included strong executive leadership and governance, development of effective partnerships between physicians and payers, and investment in health information technology and care management.

The full case studies are found here:

(Source: The Commonwealth Fund,, January 2012)