March 30, 2015
With rural providers being asked to join accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks at an unprecedented rate, providers need to understand the difference between these care models and how they can serve the unique needs and challenges of rural providers.[RB1]
In a webinar titled “Rural Strategy: ACOs or CINs?,” Lynn Barr, MPH, chief transformation officer of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, discussed the importance of informed decision making among rural providers. The National Accountable Care Consortium is the first ACO created by nine rural CEOs in three states.
“Should you join an urban CIN, or should you join a rural ACO?” Barr asked in the webinar. “It depends on how much choice you have, and your strategy for what you are trying to accomplish.”
Barr added, however, that rural providers should avoid being left behind by enrolling in a population health program that offers cost data and is aimed at achieving high scores on ambulatory quality measures.