Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are here to stay and will begin to play a major role in the revolutionary changes that are beginning to occur throughout our country. Medical directors and nursing home management staff need to have a thorough understanding of the important role they can play in preparing for these health care system changes. As we enter an era where providers have the opportunity to demonstrate we can provide better care at lower costs than the payers (insurance companies), now is the time for nursing home medical directors to take the lead. This means we must raise the bar of quality person-center care that does a better job in controlling costs and in improving resident satisfaction than payer systems have done in the past.
This educational program will address how our present system of health care has demonstrated significant variation in quality and cost of healthcare among the frail older adults. With a better understanding of this variation in health care, participants will appreciate why the development of ACOs is rapidly growing across the USA and how ACOs will impact PAC in the nursing homes. More importantly, participants will learn how health care value will be the gold standard for attracting residents to nursing homes for PAC.
Conflicts of Interest: The planners and presenters of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.
Non-Endorsement of Products: The Maryland Nurses Association's accredited-provider status refers only to continuing nursing education activities and does not imply that there is real or implied endorsement by of any product, service, or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.
Off-label Product Use: This educational activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Learning Objectives: The overall goal of this course is to enhance participants’ knowledge and ultimately improve competency by providing the most recent developments and updates available to practitioners.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
Recognize how failures in our present health care system are the driving forces moving us to a new system of care, namely Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Understand how ACOs will play a major role in changing post-acute care in our communities.
Discuss the additional roles and responsibilities of medical directors in preparation for collaborative relationships with ACOs.