Accountable Care Organizations Should Partner with 340B Covered Entities

There is a great opportunity for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to take advantage of and partner with covered entities that are eligible for 340B drug pricing. Although there is a great deal of talk about ACOs, there is still much to be done to put all the pieces together; integrating systems, establishing data warehouses, and creating business intelligence rules to aid in data mining. With that said, some clarifications and changes came in the last week when the final rule was published which differs in seven areas from the proposed rule. The best news was that there were additional groups recognized to both be eligible to form and to participate in an ACO, which are federally qualified health care centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics. Read more