6% of hospitals and health systems established an accountable care organization.
The majority (87 percent) of these hospitals and systems are nonprofit, as opposed to investor-owned for-profit organizations, according to the 2011 American Hospital Association Annual Survey. ACO participants are generally larger than non-ACO hospitals and are more likely to be affiliated with a system than non-ACO hospitals (86 percent vs. 14 percent). The predominant type of hospital is general medical-surgical.
The East North Central, New England and Pacific regions are home to more than half of ACO participants, while the South Atlantic, East South Central and Mountain regions have the fewest ACO participants.
Coming in January: Care Coordination
More coordinated care can solve many quality problems. We will look at how hospitals are putting this into practice.