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A literature review of accountable care organizations in the United States

Yang, Yijiong (2014) A literature review of accountable care organizations in the United States. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is designed to realize two goals mentioned in President Obama’s health care reform: provide high quality health care and control the ever-increasing spending. This research aims at evaluating the outcome of ACO pilot programs with various payment characteristics and organization structures, and checking what kind of payment systems and organization structures are more likely to support cost savings or improve quality. Most ACO programs mentioned in pilot studies have made progress in decreasing the overall annual spending and improving quality of health care. While some ACOs' quality performance evaluation merely touches on the quality improvement plans, they still need time to prove that ACOs' quality performance is better than that of non-ACO health care providers. This research takes full account of ACO organization and payment structures. Policymakers in health care field would have sufficient information to make decisions on ACO organization construction and payment method design.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yang, Yijiong
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairZhang, Yutingytzhang@pitt.eduYTZHANGUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFolb, Barbara L.folb@pitt.eduFOLBUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRohrer, Wesley M.wmrun@pitt.eduWMRUNUNSPECIFIED
Date: 9 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: ACO, accountable, care, organizations, payment, method, organizational, structure
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 22:45
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 11:57


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