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.