The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the healthcare industry dramatically. We all have loved ones affected by COVID-19 whether they are on the front-line fighting for us or they are patients trying to fight off the virus themselves. A significant focus has deservedly gone towards disease prevention and progression, but little time has been devoted to discussions around what the outlook looks like for value-based-care organizations, specifically Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Before we do that, I want to highlight some of the early responses we’ve heard from a number of different health care organizations. A number of health plans have stepped up to cover the costs associated with the pandemic. We’ve seen Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita coming together to create and share a nationwide network of clinics that will focus on serving patients with COVID-19.