Accountable Care Organizations and Risk-based Payment Arrangements: Strong Preference for Upside-Only Contracts

Providers that are newly pursuing value-based care can determine how to be successful by examining the experiences of current and past accountable care organizations (ACOs). Using the Leavitt Partners ACO taxonomical framework, we examined survey responses from a target population of ACO leaders to identify patterns in risk assumption and an ACO’s organizational, leadership, and service structure.