Reforming the health care system in the United States could be more successful if health care delivery was addressed alongside financing health care. The health care delivery system includes hospitals, physician practices, and other organizations and structures that provide patient care.
In this article, an argument is made for accountable care systems (ACSs). The authors detail capabilities ACSs should have in order to enhance health care quality and manage health care costs. Additionally, ACS models are posited with advantages and disadvantages of each reviewed.
Health care delivery system reform is integral in addressing the fragmentation that exists in the current health care system.
Keywords: Delivery Systems, Administrative Cost/Structure, Cost Effectiveness