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An NJ Spotlight Conference: Accountable Care Organizations and Healthcare Delivery Reform

The Affordable Care Act is not the only significant shift in the way we approach medical care in America. "Hot-spotting" healthcare delivery and ACOs, which coordinate care among providers, aim to both lower costs and improve the quality of care.

Has America's healthcare-delivery apparatus become outmoded? Do America's doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and policymakers need to rethink and retool our entire healthcare system?

New Jersey leaders in the healthcare field -- physicians, hospital administrators, think-thank analysts, and other stakeholders -- gathered February 28 in Mercerville, NJ, for an NJ Spotlight Conference: "Accountable Care Organizations and Healthcare Delivery System Reform."

Keynote speaker was Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, recent recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant" and medical director of Cooper Health System's Urban Health Institute and the executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Brenner has attracted national attention for spearheading the so-called "hot-spotting" approach to healthcare delivery, providing targeted services to specific communities based on their healthcare needs, and for the Camden coalition's ACO initiative -- which focuses on communication and coordination among healthcare providers, aiming to both lower costs and improve the quality of care by offering incentives for eliminating redundancies and streamlining medical services.

Keynote Address by Dr. Jeffrey Brenner
The NJ Spotlight conference also included two panel discussions.
The first forum explored the question of "What’s Working in Healthcare Delivery System Reform?" Panelists talked about whether the growing reform movement and shift to the ACO approach is working in the context of the Affordable Care Act's mandate to reduce the growth of healthcare costs while still improving treatment and prevention
Session 1: What's Working in Healthcare Delivery Reform
The second discussion was titled "Medicaid ACO Demonstration Project -- Where New Jersey Goes From Here." Panelists took a look at the state's Medicaid ACO Demonstration Project, which applies the ACO concept to a Medicaid program that has been revamped and expanded under Obamacare. They also looked at the lead role being played by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Trenton Health Team, and Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition
Session 2: The Medicaid ACO Demonstration Project -- Where New Jersey Goes From Here

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