Most ACOs Have Significant Physician Leadership and Involvement, Report Finds

June 27, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​Physician leadership in accountable care organizations (ACOs) is strong, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund, which found that 51% of ACOs are physician-led and 33% are jointly led by physicians and hospitals. Only 3% of ACOs were led by hospitals alone. Physicians made up the majority of the governing boards in more than three quarters (78%) of ACOs, and physicians owned the equipment and employed staff at 40% of ACOs, states the report. According to the findings, physician-led ACOs are the highest performers in outpatient care management and health information technology, but lag behind other ACOs in managing care across settings.

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