With roughly 24 million chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in the United States, COPD care demands incredible spending—nearly $36 billion a year.1 Yet as healthcare evolves, COPD care teams are facing another incredible demand—increasing the quality of care while lowering the cost of it. This leaves organizations searching for new solutions to these newfound problems.
So what can your team do to combat increasing costs without sacrificing quality care for COPD patients? Joining an ACO may be the solution.
What is an ACO?
An ACO, or accountable care organization, is a group of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals who work together to coordinate care for Medicare patients. Their purpose is to improve quality and reduce costs.2
An ACO can comprise hospital physicians, nurses, home healthcare workers, private-practice physicians, insurance companies, laboratorians, and more. This dedicated team is responsible for a patient’s entire continuum of care, providing a longitudinal approach rather than episodic. This approach works to proactively keep patients healthy, at home, and out of the hospital.
By working together and coordinating efforts, ACOs enable institutions to better predict, analyze, target, and treat entire populations.