Free Article Access: Evaluating the Impact of an Accountable Care Organization on Population Health

For a limited time, access is free to the newly published article “Evaluating the Impact of an Accountable Care Organization on Population Health: The Quasi-Experimental Design of the German Gesundes Kinzigtal” in Population Health Management. This study, led by the 2015-2016 CHOIR Harkness Fellow Dr. Alexander Pimperl, presents an evaluation study design for assessing the […]

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How does patient engagement relate to patient-reported outcomes? New publication explores this question

The ACTIVATE study, now in its third year, has been collecting data from primary care practices, care team members, and patients at two large accountable care organizations to explore the impact of patient activation and engagement in their care. A recent publication, now online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, examines the relationship between […]

California ACOs a Model for the Nation?

California Healthline’s Dan Diamond highlights progress among ACOs emerging in California. Diamond cites Steven Shortell and Richard Sheffler’s recent Health Affairs Blog as well as early findings from Blue Shield and Anthem ACO experiences. Read the full article here.


Berkeley Forum Reports on ACOs in California

There is new evidence that California’s accountable care organizations (ACOs) are growing in size and number, serving more patients, and improving the quality of care, according to a new report by the Berkeley Forum.  California has more ACOs (67) than any other state in the country with particularly rapid growth over the past two years. […]

A Taxonomy of Accountable Care Organizations

CHOIR researchers, in collaboration with Dartmouth colleagues, recently published a taxonomy of accountable care organizations. The taxonomy was developed based on the National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations, a survey of 173 accountable care organizations. There are now more than 600 nationwide. The taxonomy identifies three types of accountable care organizations:  larger, integrated delivery systems that […]


The State of Accountable Care Organizations

  What is the state of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)? Dr. Shortell answers some ACO basics in this interview with the AHRQ Innovations Exchange Team Introduction: The implementation of accountable care organizations (ACOs), a new payment and delivery model designed to improve health care and lower costs, is proceeding rapidly. More than 500 ACOs are […]

PCORI Awards CHOIR a Grant to Study ACO Patient Activation & Engagement

The Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR) at the School of Public Health UC-Berkeley was awarded a three year $2.0 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the impact of patient activation and engagement (PAE) in two large Accountable Care Organizations – Advocate Health Care in Chicago and HealthCare […]

Six Burning Questions Healthcare Leaders Have About ACOs

In November 2013, the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy brought together a diverse group of leaders to share their viewpoints on the Accountable Care Orgnization (ACO) movement and to get their feedback on new research by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy and Clinical Practice and CHOIR at University of California Berkeley School […]

ACO Survey in the News

A recent publication on the first national survey of ACOs generated noteworthy media attention. The original publication, “The First National Survey Of ACOs Finds That Physicians Are Playing Strong Leadership And Ownership Roles” is based on joint work among CHOIR and the Dartmouth Institute and appeared in the June 2014 issue of Health Affairs. Media citations: 3BL Media: Accountable Care Organizations In […]