Radiologist Participation in Medicare ACO-Based Care More Than Tripled in Five Years
Posted May 27, 2021
External Article: Healthcare Purchasing News
Danny Hughes, Professor in the School of Economics and director of the Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL), was quoted in the article, "Radiologist Participation in Medicare Aco-Based Care More Than Tripled in Five Years," published on May 27, 2021, in Healthcare Purchasing News.
The article emphasized the findings of a study published in the Journal of American College of Radiology that focuses on Medicare Shared Savings Programs Accountable Care Organizations established under the Affordable Care Act. From 2013 to 2018, radiologist participation increased from 10.4% to 34.9% under these programs.
“This study shows that economic incentives of value-based care are reaching beyond the patient-facing specialties such as primary care providers to specialties like radiology to whom patients are not typically attributed.”
The article also quoted Stefan Santavicca, a HEAL research associate who was a co-investigator on the study.
"We believe that our work shows that MSSP ACOs are increasingly recruiting radiologists into their plans alongside other specialty care providers, potentially preparing themselves to better assume downside risk in the program while simultaneously improving care and clinical outcomes."