A new study indicates emergency departments (EDs) are struggling to meet accountable care organization (ACO) objectives due to struggles with care coordination.
The study, which had its results published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, centered around a survey of 70 ED directors in Massachusetts.
Of these directors, 62% identified challenges in coordinating care for patients as an impediment to meeting ACO goals.
Lack of familiarity with ACO objectives was also identified as a challenge by a majority of respondents.
The authors concluded that “Massachusetts EDs still lack clear directives and direct involvement in meeting ACO goals.”