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The Evolution of Accountable Care Organizations and the Role of Pharmacists

By Rachel Regan and John Toussaint, MD, as posted at Pharmacy Times

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, such as pharmacists, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.

As accountable care continues to evolve, some fundamental elements must change – and pharmacists can play a crucial role.

Read the full blog post at Pharmacy Times.

 

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