More than half of all accountable care organizations (ACOs) deliver home-based care to their patients, while an additional 17% have new home visit programs in the works.
That’s according to a recent survey of National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) members, conducted in conjunction with the Institute for Accountable Care (IAC) and West Health Institute. Washington, D.C.-based NAACOS is an industry advocacy group representing hundreds of ACOs, which cover an estimated 23 million patients who have Medicare, commercial insurance and Medicaid.
The survey findings should come as welcome news to home-based care providers, who have long tried — and largely failed — to build partnerships with ACOs. Home health providers have argued that they can help improve patient outcomes, but ACOs have often undervalued that ability.