Accountable Care Organizations during Covid-19: Routine care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions

Adam L. Beckman, Robert E. Mechanic, Tanya B. Shah, Jose F. Figueroa

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Abstract

© 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health and well-being of older adults with multiple chronic conditions. To date, limited information exists about how Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are adapting to manage these patients. We surveyed 78 Medicare ACOs about their concerns for these patients during the pandemic and strategies they are employing to address them. ACOs expressed major concerns about disruptions to necessary care for this population, including the accessibility of social services and long-term care services. While certain strategies like virtual primary and specialty care visits were being used by nearly all ACOs, other services such as virtual social services, home medication delivery, and remote lab monitoring were far less commonly accessible. ACOs expressed that support for telehealth services, investment in remote monitoring capabilities, and funding for new, targeted care innovation initiatives would help them better care for vulnerable patients during this pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealthcare
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2021

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