While ACO Care Coordination Holds Promise for Improving Quality and Lowering Healthcare Costs, It’s Still a ‘Work in Progress’

Healthcare Experts Now Exploring New Care Coordination Strategies and Overcoming Gaps in Measuring Performance For many healthcare professionals, the jury is still out as to whether accountable care organizations (ACOs) will prove effective at delivering the two important goals of improved patient outcomes at a lower overall cost of care over an extended period of time. That is why close attention is being given to the experience of Medicare’s Pioneer ACOs, since they were among the first ACOs...

Pioneering Oncology Group Earns Recognition as a Medical Home

Pathologists may be asked to do more consults by oncologists practicing in a medical home Recently a pioneering oncology practice in Philadelphia was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a medical home practice. Though the NCQA medical home program focuses on primary care, a few specialty practices have gained medical home recognition. This is a milestone on the road to expanded use of the medical home care model. It is also an early warning to pathologists and...