ACOs and other language barriers

Share this article:
John O'Connor, editorial director, McKnight's Long-Term Care News
John O'Connor, editorial director, McKnight's Long-Term Care News
We're hearing a lot about the looming world of accountable care organizations, or ACOs, especially with Monday's unveiling of the 32 “pioneer” organizations.

For some operators, these new partnerships offer the promise of new opportunity. But this new healthcare delivery model is also making plenty of operators tense and morose.

One of the best analogies I've heard about ACOs is that they will be like taking a European vacation. But not just any European vacation: one in which the inhabitants of each country speak a different language – and nobody speaks English. In other words, you have to figure out how to be conversant everywhere you go.

So it will be with ACOs. You want to work with hospitals? You'd better know the terms they use. Hint: think Diagnosis-related Groups, not Minimum Data Set. And by the way, that especially goes for your billing and caregiving data. Lotsa luck to the operators using data platforms that are less mobile than the patients they care for.

Believe me, unprepared operators are going to be in for a rough journey.

Share this article:
close

Next Article in Daily Editors' Notes

Daily Editors' Notes

McKnight's Daily Editor's Notes features commentary on the latest in long-term care news. Entries are written by Editorial Director John O'Connor on Monday and Friday; Staff Writer Tim Mullaney on Tuesday, Editor James M. Berklan on Wednesday and Senior Editor Elizabeth Newman on Thursday.

    ALL MCKNIGHT'S BLOGS

    More in Daily Editors' Notes

    Ebola shmebola! It's the real killers we should be worrying about

    Ebola shmebola! It's the real killers we should ...

    It's not hard to see why the Ebola outbreak has so many of us on edge. It's sort of like the proverbial monster under the bed. Except this time, the ...

    Four-year nursing degree still a great choice

    Four-year nursing degree still a great choice

    Good news for career nurses with bachelor's degrees: You're killing it compared to teachers, journalists and high school graduates.

    Shedding light on the impact of hospice care

    Shedding light on the impact of hospice care

    While there seems to be some disagreement over Malcolm Gladwell's posit that doing something for 10,000 hours will make you a master at it, the idea that practice leads at ...