Accountable Care

  • What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

    The Affordable Care Act established Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as voluntary groups of physicians, hospitals, and other health care professionals who accept responsibility for the overall quality, cost, and care of a defined group of Medicare beneficiaries. When Medicare saves money on services because a patient population is healthy, it splits the savings with participating ACOs. And Medicare is not the only payer with a shared savings program; most private payers now offer value-based contracts.

    The catch is proving you kept patients healthy and saved the payer money, which can be a challenge. TMA answers frequently asked questions and provides current information on ACOs and steps you can take to get involved.

     What Are Current ACO Requirements?  

  • PracticeEdge Measures Quality, Lowers Costs

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    Physicians have for decades earned a living based on caring for the sick. But in the new world of health care, professionals will earn money based on whether they can keep their patients healthy — a value-based payment system.



    How Does Your Practice Stack Up?  

    TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering personal advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state. 

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • Value-Based Care: Why Should I Care?

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    What exactly is value-based care and shared savings?
    The basic concept is simple: if a physician network/ACO can successfully manage the health of its overall patient population, achieve better clinical outcomes, and reduce total health care spending, patients fare better and physicians share in the cost savings.

    More on Value-Based Care  
  • TMA PracticeEdge

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    Learn about the new company created by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to bring physicians the technology and expertise needed to take advantage of new health care payment models.

    Unlock The TMA PracticeEdge Toolbox  
  • TMA's Accountable Care Leadership Program

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    TMA launched the Accountable Care Leadership Program hand in hand with TMA PracticeEdge, a physician services organization designed to support physicians in taking advantage of new payment models.

    Apply To The Accountable Care Leadership Program  
  • ACO Regulations, Payment, and Compliance