Published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of health care providers who work to deliver coordinated care and are collectively accountable for the cost and quality of care. ACOs have the potential to improve the quality of care and lower costs. To show success, ACOs must report on specific quality measures. More than half of the measures are impacted by medication use Blood Pressure Control Blood Sugar Controls Cholesterol Levels Asthma Epidsodes But, are ACOs ready to use medications in achieving those goals? Key indicators of ACO capabilities show the answer is Yes and NO Yes, many ACOs can: 70% Send Rx electronically 54% Merge medical & Rx data into one database 50% Promote appropriate use of generics But many ACOs aren't: 7% Calculating cost offsets of medications 9% Notifying a physician when a presciption is filled 17% Using protocols to avoid medication duplication or polypharmacy 22% Using quality metrics for a diversity of conditions How are ACOs using medication to improve care and drive down costs? Stay tuned for a series of case studies to be published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy Source: Dubois RW, Feldman M, Lustig A, KortzbauerG, Penso J, Pope SD, Westrich KD. Are ACOs Ready to be Accoutable for Medication Use? J Manag Care Pharm. 2014;20(1):17-21. National Pharaceutical Council, AMGA - American Medical Group Association, Premier Embed this infographic on your site Source: National Pharmaceutical Council Download the Infographic PDF What is an Accountable Care Organization?