3 IT initiatives for sustained ACO success


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on accountable care organizations (ACO) no doubt reduces some IT burdens for participating entities to qualify for shared savings incentives compared to the initially proposed rules. Still, that doesn't change the fact that technology will play an important role in the initiative, as a whole.

"I don't think you're going to be allowed to get away [with shunning technology] for long," Jordan Battani, author of the CSC report "Preparing for Accountable Care: The Role of Health IT in Building Capability" told FierceHealthIT. "The beauty of these tools is that they're so easy, and they're so available. I think that everybody's going to have to get their arms around this and figure out how to integrate [technology] into their portfolio of tools, because you'll either do it explicitly, or you'll be chasing it."

So what IT initiatives will help ACOs be successful? Click on any of the links below to find out.

Electronic Health Records

Mobile technology

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