ACO Maturity Score
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) represent one of the most prominent methods of value-based payment and care delivery reform. However, not every ACO has grown or “matured” at the same pace, and progress cannot be measured by simply tracking years of participation. We developed a new method of assessing and ranking ACO maturity level by incorporating time in accountable care, number of active contracts, and highest degree of contract risk. As the market is broadly moving toward value-based care, it is important to develop tools to evaluate value-based models, understand different ACOs’ levels of engagement and experience with value-based care, and measure the readiness of individual organizations to successfully bear risk.