Study: How ACOs Can Start or Scale Programs for Patients with Serious Illness

Leavitt Partners and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy have partnered, with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, on a research project to identify feasible, actionable, and successful approaches accountable care organizations (ACOs) are taking to provide care for patients with serious illness. ACOs’ alternative payment structures, which provide the incentives and flexibility to improve care delivery while seeking to reduce costs, make them well positioned to provide high-value care for these patients. Our four case studies of ACOs offer practical guidance for how ACOs can start or scale programs for patients with serious illness.