When analyzing this new aspect of healthcare, there is a proverb to keep in mind,
“I KEEP six honest serving-men, (They taught me all I knew); Their names are
What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.”
“The Elephant’s Child” By Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories, New York, NY:
Garden City, 1912.
Under the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) were touted as the new redeemer of the American healthcare industry, promising to lower costs and increase quality for patients and providers. Within the context of these challenging expectations, significant questions have arisen among key industry stakeholders. Health Capital Topics’ new series will explore many of the questions surrounding ACOs within the framework of Kipling’s proverb, i.e. why, what, who, where, when, and how.