What to Know About ACOs: An Introduction to MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations

UMMS Affiliation

Commonwealth Medicine, Center for Health Law and Economics

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Document Type

Technical Report


Health Economics | Health Law and Policy | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Insurance


This brief, compiled by experts from our Center for Health Law and Economics, goes over the basics of MassHealth's introduction of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes a brief introduction of what an ACO is, the three distinct types of ACOs, who they serve, the services they provide and how they can improve care and contain costs. It also includes a list of resources for readers interested in learning more about this new approach to healthcare payment. Client/Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation


Accountable Care Organizations, ACOs, MassHealth, Disabilities, Elders and Aging, Health Care Reform, Long-Term Services and Supports, Medicaid, Care Coordination

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Commonwealth Medicine Publications