Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations (or ACOs) are entities that bring together groups of providers to coordinate care for defined populations of patients, are rewarded for their efficient use of resources and can report meaningful data on their clinical, financial and quality performance. Now what does that really mean? On this page, find out what an ACO really is and where they are developing in California, find a description of the Medicare "Shared Savings Program" created by the Affordable Care Act and cemented in regulations and find links to available resources on ACOs.

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Patient Centered Medical Home

Family medicine leaders agree that the Patient Centered Medical Home is the best way to improve the quality of care, patient experience and physician and staff satisfaction. Everyone from physicians newly exploring the concept to those establishing full Patient Centered Medical Homes will find information here to help move their medical practices to the next level.          

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Health Information Technology/ Meaningful Use

Physician offices have an opportunity under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to obtain financial support for adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and CAFP has put together the tools and resources to help you do so. Federal incentive payments will be available to providers when they adopt EHRs and demonstrate "meaningful use."

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Practice Finance Center

Practicing family medicine often requires more than clinical expertise. Depending on a practice type, it may also require considerable business acumen. The resources in this Web site section are designed to assist family physicians in analyzing and improving business practices, financial analysis and bottom lines. By providing the following materials, descriptions of best practices, checklists, forms and more, CAFP supports family physicians in their work to attain full financial vitality in their practices and their PCMH.

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