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Key features of the Accountable Care Organization

A law of this size can be complicated and confusing to understand. Follow this link to view an outline of the key features of health care reform that is easy to navigate and understand. From hhs.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/timeline/timeline-text.html

Timeline of Changes

Implementation of the health care reform law will take years to complete. Here is an interactive timeline of the various provisions of the law and when they have been or will be enacted.
Here is the link to the timeline on healthcare.gov: http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/index.html

Health Insurance Exchanges

Also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace, the exchanges are designed to help people find a health insurance plan that best meets their needs. The State of New York has developed a website that is the home of its exchange.

 The New York Health Benefit Exchange Website: http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/

What is an Exchange? (from the NY exchange site): http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/what-exchange

Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations are models being used to shift hospitals from the traditional fee-for-service payment model to a value-based care model where payments are linked to outcomes.

Doctors and hospitals are forming networks to take care of groups of people – employees of a company, those with a specific illness, etc. The providers in that network will receive bundled payments that are negotiated between the network and insurers.

The thinking behind accountable care is that a patient’s network of doctors will work together to determine the best procedures to deliver the best results.

Glossary of terms

Healthcare.gov has a comprehensive glossary: http://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/index.html