CCA’s Toyin Ajayi and Iyah Romm lay out the case for Social ACOs
January 17, 2017 § Leave a comment
Over on the Health Affairs blog today, Toyin Ajayi, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s chief medical officer, and Iyah Romm, CCA’s chief transformational officer, write about the need for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to focus on social, environmental, and community factors.
Ajayi and Romm note that CCA was America’s first “social ACO,” and the model of care that CCA has developed can be a model for the shift to ACOs across the country. However, too many health plans continue to overlook the potential benefit:
“Reflecting these realities, the fully integrated, person-centered view of a true Social ACO, including direct investment in population-wide interventions that can be adapted to meet the needs of each individual consumer, produces tangible clinical and financial benefits. When we look across the landscape of ACOs in both Massachusetts and beyond, however, we see little cause for optimism that these trends are taking hold. Instead, integration of social factors in most delivery systems is an afterthought — comprising, at best, a patchwork quilt of connections to disparate social agencies that may or may not be optimally positioned to meet an individual patient or family’s needs.”
Drawing on the lessons CCA has learned, Ajayi and Romm go on to lay out their vision for what a social ACO should look like.