UPDATE JULY 2, 2012
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are one of the most discussed provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. The aim of the ACO initiative is to assemble different elements of care for the patient such as primary care, specialists, hospitals and to ensure that everything works well together. The medical home will be an integral part of any ACO due to the need to manage the health of a large patient population. In this healthcare delivery method, patients are assigned to a “home” where their entire health is managed by a team of healthcare professionals, rather than one doctor. Here, MOT outlines the steps to create a medical home.