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Do the most efficient accountable care organizations earn shared savings?

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  • Palazzolo, Jennifer R.
  • Ozcan, Yasar A.

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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are increasing in number and coverage of beneficiaries. In 2016, over 400 ACOs participated in the CMS initiative with contracts covering an estimated 8 million Medicare beneficiaries. However, in 2014, less than one-third of ACOs achieved requirements to earn shared savings. The aim of the study was to determine whether the most technically efficient ACOs realized earned savings. A contingency theory framework helps explain how variation in two factors, use of electronic health records (EHRs) by primary care providers and inclusion of specialists, may affect the operational performance of ACOs.

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  • Palazzolo, Jennifer R. & Ozcan, Yasar A., 2018. "Do the most efficient accountable care organizations earn shared savings?," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 12-17.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceps:v:63:y:2018:i:c:p:12-17
    DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2017.05.001
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