Accountable Care Around The World A Framework To Guide Reform Strategies
Author: Mark McClellan, James Kent, Stephen J. Beales, Samuel I.A. Cohen, Michael Macdonnell, Andrea Thoumi, Mariam Abdulmalik, Ara Darzi
Accountable care—a way to align health care payments with patient-focused reform goals—is currently being pursued in the United States, but its principles are also being applied in many other countries. In this article we review experiences with such reforms to offer a globally applicable definition of an accountable care system and propose a conceptual framework for characterizing and assessing accountable care reforms. The framework consists of five components: population, outcomes, metrics and learning, payments and incentives, and coordinated delivery. We describe how the framework applies to accountable care reforms that are already being implemented in Spain and Singapore. We also describe how it can be used to map progress through increasingly sophisticated levels of reforms. We recommend that policy makers pursuing accountable care reforms emphasize the following steps: highlight population health and wellness instead of just treating illness; pay for outcomes instead of activities; create a more favorable environment for collaboration and coordinated care; and promote interoperable data systems.