Common issue: ACO confusion

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Jill Mendlen
Jill Mendlen
Healthcare providers are struggling to decipher new approaches to reimbursement, including accountable care organizations, according to a new survey.

Organizers had to turn away participants eager to learn about bundled payment initiative models and ACOs at “The New Era of Healthcare Reform,” a session presented at the American Health Care Association conference in September by Jill Mendlen and Nancy Rehkamp.

That confusion is reflected in what a survey of 200 provider organizations found: Only 15% of respondents count themselves as very familiar with ACOs. Forty-eight percent reported that they weren't sure how an ACO would affect their organization, according to the Beacon Partners survey.