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An Introduction to an Accountable Anesthesia Organization

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are an important component of the healthcare reform law and its goal to provide cost-effective, high quality care.  Anesthesia services are an essential part of patient care delivery in both the acute and ambulatory care settings, and therefore should be an accountable entity within the ACO structure.

An Accountable Anesthesia Organization™ (AAO) is a transparent, collaborative partner in the ACO.  Its goals are aligned with the structure of the ACO and center on transparency, resource utilization, quality metrics, cost containment and patient experience.

This resource material outlines how anesthesia services are likely to impact the success of ACOs and reasons why facilities and providers should consider collaborating with an Accountable Anesthesia Organization.

Download this resource material and learn more about the role and benefits of anesthesia in Accountable Care Organizations.

Learn how collaboration can help deliver high quality, cost effective patient care.

“Pick the right partners and you could solidify, or even expand, your market position, the wrong partners, and you may face years of frustration.”

Solving the ACO Conundrum
An HFMA Compendium: Contemplating the ACO Opportunity, November 2010

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