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The Evolution of Accountable Care: Oliver Wyman ACO Research Findings 
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New Oliver Wyman research finds that despite well-publicized departures from Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Program, the number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) continued to rise last year, though at a slower pace than in 2013. Almost 70 percent of the U.S. population now lives in localities served by ACOs, and 44 percent live in areas served by two or more. The total number of ACOs participating in Medicare programs has increased to 426, up from 368 in January 2014 and 134 in January 2013. Oliver Wyman has identified an additional 159 ACOs, bringing the estimated total to 585, up from 520 in January 2014, and 260 in January 2013.

According to Oliver Wyman, about 5.6 million Medicare beneficiaries, or about 11 percent of total Medicare beneficiaries, now receive their healthcare from ACOs participating in Medicare’s ACO programs. These organizations also provide care to 35 million non-Medicare patients, about 6 percent more than last year. ACOs collectively serve between 49 and 59 million U.S. residents, or between 15 and 17 percent of the population.

Oliver Wyman views that ACOs have reached an important point in their evolution. A handful of the best ACOs are likely to find themselves with the data to prove that they really do deliver superior, lower-cost care—and will have the capital to invest in expansion. The slowdown in the growth of ACOs was almost inevitable, given the pace of change of the past two years. The next advance will be characterized more by increased sophistication than by increased numbers. In the evolution of accountable care, payment reform only takes stakeholders so far. There are organizations out there that are trying to hit their cost reduction targets entirely by shifting sites of service or limiting expensive diagnostics. While that is important in the short run, in the long run - the evolution of ACOs requires more. What will be required are care models designed to meet the needs of specific patient populations—diabetics, frail elders, patients with multiple chronic diseases— and the necessary evolution will take time and money to build them.

Oliver Wyman research of ACOs at this juncture provides keen insight into the continuing evolution of accountable care. Their research examines the current and historical number of ACOs and covered beneficiaries for Medicare and Commercial categories, geographical representation and access to coverage, along with other accountable care data and further insights.

Please join Oliver Wyman's Josh Michelson, on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 1 PM Eastern, as he addresses their research findings for the evolution of accountable care.
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Overview ACO penetration (Medicare and non-Medicare) and trends
  2. Consider insights into the path ahead for the continuing evolution of accountable care
  3. Examine learnings and indications from available data on ACO performance
  4. Review characteristics of successful ACOs
  5. Explore CMS' current direction and intiatives including Next Generation ACOs
  6. Ascertain additional accountable care research findings and insights from Oliver Wyman
  7. Engage in interactive learning through online question submission, attendee feedback and opportunity for follow-up questions, and networking with attendees, faculty and other professionals through a dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend

Interested attendees would include:

  • C-Suite Executives
  • Accountable Care Directors and Staff
  • Strategy and Planning Executives and Staff
  • Legal, Regulatory and Policy Executives and Staff
  • Health Reform, Transformation and Clinical Integration Executives and Staff
  • Business Intelligence and Research Analysts
  • Managed Care and Revenue Cycle Executives and Staff
  • Business Development Executives and Staff
  • Operations Executives and Staff
  • Provider Network Managers and Staff
  • Provider Contracting Managers and Staff
  • Medical Directors
  • Marketing Executives and Staff

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Provider Networks
  • Medical Groups 
  • Health Plans 
  • Government Agencies
  • Employers
  • Business Process Organizations 
  • Solutions Providers 
  • Care Management Organizations
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations 
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations
  • Media
  • Other Interested Parties

The Evolution of Accountable Care: Oliver Wyman ACO Research Findings 
  Individual Registration Fee: $195. Post-event materials, with video syncing slides and recorded audio, plus presentation pdf file: $45 for attendees; $260 for non-attendees after the event. Register online or download the event brochure. Attendees will also receive a complimentary trial subscription to Accountable Care News.
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Josh Michelson

Josh Michelson
Principal, Health & Life Sciences
Oliver Wyman

Josh Michelson is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences practice and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. He has advised senior executives across the health industry on new business model creation for the converging health and wellness marketplace. Mr. Michelson has helped these organizations pivot to value and consumer-based models and address their broad change agenda – from setting their strategic course to designing the new business blueprints, driving clinical model transformation, fostering cross ecosystem partnerships, and commercializing their efforts.

In addition, he has served as Director of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center (OWHIC) – a collaborative with CEOs and senior decision-makers focused on building breakthrough models that integrate the best of healthcare, retail, social media, and technology industries.

Mr. Michelson holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, in economics, communications, and Hispanic studies.


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