MMS Guide to Accountable Care Organizations

This two-part MMS publication provides detailed guidance on the issues that physicians should consider whether they are currently participating in an accountable care organization, forming or joining an ACO, or entering into an integration agreement with another health care organization.

Part 1: What Physicians Need to Know

ACO Guide Part 1 Content includes:

  • Overview of CMS Medicare ACO models 
  • Assessing the readiness of a practice to join an ACO
  • Choosing the right ACO
  • How to approach an ACO
  • Technology considerations
  • Legal and governance issues
  • Financial impacts
  • Achieving clinical integration

Download Part 1  (.pdf, 72 pages, 1.8 MB) Members-only content   


Part 2: Exploring the Future of ACOs

ACO Guide Part 2 Content includes:

  • Initial Medicare ACO model performance findings and considerations
  • New developments and the future direction of Medicare ACO models
  • Advanced considerations for operating an ACO or a clinically integrated network
  • Massachusetts developments

Download Part 2   (.pdf, 63 pages, 2.6 MB) Members-only content  


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