The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is offering free Accelerated Development Learning Sessions (ADLS) for providers interested in learning more about how to coordinate patient care through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Four ACO Accelerated Development Learning Sessions are being offered in 2011, with the first session scheduled for June 20-22 in Minneapolis, MN. Each session will teach providers interested in becoming ACOs what steps they can take to improve care delivery and how to develop an action plan for moving toward providing better coordinated care.
Registration for the first session is now open for teams of between two and four senior leaders from healthcare delivery organizations interested in forming an ACO or from an existing ACO. In addition, the plenary sessions will be made available via webcast and all materials from the sessions will be publicly available on the Innovation Center Website. Individuals wishing to attend the Monday, June 20, 2011 through Wednesday, June 22, 2011 ADLS in Minneapolis may register for free.
The benefits of attending an Accelerated Development Learning Session include:
· Access to faculty with ACO experience – Faculty at each ADLS will be senior leadership from organizations that have already developed many of the characteristics of an ACO. These practitioners have first-hand experience with what is working and not working in the field.
· Deep understanding of ACO core competencies – The ADLS will cover several core competencies and strategies for building ACO capacities. Individual sessions and faculty will help participants complete corresponding sections of a comprehensive ACO implementation plan, including defining ACO goals and an action plan for establishing ACO core competencies.
· Guided start to developing an implementation plan – Participants are encouraged to complete a comprehensive implementation plan for establishing the core competencies of an ACO, based on an understanding of their current readiness and gap analysis. Each organization will begin the crucial process of identifying specific goals for care improvement. Resources, toolkits, and faculty support will be provided to help participants complete, update, and prepare to implement a comprehensive implementation plan that includes benchmarks for developing each core competency over the next one to three years.