Employers Perceive that Health Plans Add Value to ACOs

Vince Kuraitis

First posted 9/29/11 on e-CareManagement Blog

A just released study from Aon Hewitt and Polakoff Boland — 2011 Employer Driven Accountable Care Organizations Survey Report— examines employer attitudes toward ACOs.  The report provides useful insights into an area that hasn’t yet received much attention.

A couple tables in particular caught my attention.

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Key findings in this table include:

  • Hospitals come out lowest (employers are only 30% very/somewhat confident in hospital driven ACOs)
  • Large medical groups come out slightly higher (31% very/somewhat confident)
  • Involving a health plan significantly increases employer confidence for both hospitals and large physician group ACOs:
    • Confidence in a hospital/health plan ACO increases to 48% very/somewhat confident (up from 30% with hospital alone)
    • Confidence in a medical group/health plan ACO increases to 53% very/somewhat confident (up from 31% with medical group alone)
  • A large percentage (25–26% answered Do Not Know) to all options

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