ONC starts ACO workgroup

By Mike Miliard
02:12 PM

The HIT Policy Committee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking members for a new workgroup focused on accountable care.

ONC officials say the HIT Policy Committee's Accountable Care Workgroup will be charged with making recommendations on how HHS policies and programs can advance the evolution of a health IT infrastructure that helps providers to improve care and population health while reducing costs in accountable care models.

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The workgroup will focus on specific and high-priority areas, officials say, where programs and policies can shape the availability and use of health IT infrastructure necessary for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to realize the triple aim of improving the care of individuals, improving population health and reducing the per capita cost of care.

Nominees should have expertise in ACOs, health analytics, care coordination and/or long term care. Those interestesd in membership of this workgroup can register at ONC's Workgroup Application Database.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2013.