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Margaret, a CIO at a large U.S. hospital, has been tasked with building an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) for her organization. The number of ACOs in the U.S. is increasing quickly—by 12.6% in the past year alone.1 With ACOs in all 50 states including the District of Columbia, it seems many organizations are forming ACOs as part of their transformation to value-based care.


Margaret, a CIO at a large U.S. hospital, has been tasked with building an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) for her organization. The number of ACOs in the U.S. is increasing quickly—by 12.6% in the past year alone.1 With ACOs in all 50 states including the District of Columbia, it seems many organizations are forming ACOs as part of their transformation to value-based care.

Weigh the risks

The CFO told Margaret that Medicare and commercial insurers would expect the hospital to take on financial risk by managing defined populations through value-based payment arrangements. Margaret is concerned that the hospital doesn’t have the technology in place to effectively manage that risk.


Weigh the risks

The CFO told Margaret that Medicare and commercial insurers would expect the hospital to take on financial risk by managing defined populations through value-based payment arrangements. Margaret is concerned that the hospital doesn’t have the technology in place to effectively manage that risk.

Understand the rewards

On a positive note, the CFO tells her that the better the hospital is at managing population health, the more it stands to gain in shared savings and incentive payments. It is up to Margaret to find the right technology to help them do that.


Understand the rewards

On a positive note, the CFO tells her that the better the hospital is at managing population health, the more it stands to gain in shared savings and incentive payments. It is up to Margaret to find the right technology to help them do that.

Figure out what it takes

Margaret determines that she needs a solution to provide users with access to third-party systems, permission to contract with payers and employers, and access to analytics across the community network.


Figure out what it takes

Margaret determines that she needs a solution to provide users with access to third-party systems, permission to contract with payers and employers, and access to analytics across the community network.

See how others are doing it

Margaret does her research and is impressed when she learns that in 2015 Mercy Health Select, LLC earned a 5.7% higher ACO overall quality score compared to Medicare Shared Savings Program average, while also increasing shared savings and improving standard of care for at-risk patients.2


See how others are doing it

Margaret does her research and is impressed when she learns that in 2015 Mercy Health Select, LLC earned a 5.7% higher ACO overall quality score compared to Medicare Shared Savings Program average, while also increasing shared savings and improving standard of care for at-risk patients.2

Get the right technology

After seeing how Mercy and other hospitals balanced the risks and rewards of being an ACO, Margaret identifies the right technology that will open the lines of communication across the extended healthcare network, turn data into actionable information, and help empower patients to improve their own outcomes.


Get the right technology

After seeing how Mercy and other hospitals balanced the risks and rewards of being an ACO, Margaret identifies the right technology that will open the lines of communication across the extended healthcare network, turn data into actionable information, and help empower patients to improve their own outcomes.

Make it happen!

To learn how IBM® Watson Health™ solutions for population health management can help your organization balance risk with quality of care as it did for Mercy Health, read the full case study.


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