The Chartis Forum

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The Power of Physician Leadership in ACO Success

ACO success is only possible with fully committed physician leaders, aligned with an organization’s strategic agenda. Strong physician leadership and solid alignment among front-line clinicians enables the critical changes in clinical practice and care delivery that ultimately impact patient outcomes and financial results. While debate continues over the relative merits of different ACO organizational structures, our experience confirms that physician engagement and leadership is fundamental to ACO success regardless of the ownership model. As performance expectations, cost pressure and financial risk continue to escalate in an increasingly uncertain environment, engaging physicians as accountable “owner operators” of a clinical enterprise must become a strategic priority for all ACOs.

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