Does Hospital Participation in Accountable Care Organizations Improve Quality of Care?

Using data from 17 states, David Muhlestein and researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, led by Askar Chukmaitov, evaluated quality performance of hospitals participating in Medicare Shared Savings and Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs relative to nonparticipating hospitals. The authors specifically studied preventable hospitalizations for conditions sensitive to high-quality ambulatory care and 30-day all-cause readmissions potentially influenced by hospital care. The findings were published in an American Journal of Medical Quality article entitled “Preventable Hospital Admissions and 30-Day All-Cause Readmissions: Does Hospital Participation in Accountable Care Organizations Improve Quality of Care?”