According to the White House, the recent Affordable Care Act “lowers health care costs, guarantees more choice, and enhances the quality of care for all Americans”. This mantra encompasses the same goals for many other national health plans across the world, and emphasizes the need for change. So as the nation once more addresses health care reform, the contributions of telemedicine have become ever more relevant and practical with the rapid pace of innovative care. Accountable care organizations take up only seven pages of the massive new health law yet have become one of the most talked about provisions. This latest model for delivering services offers doctors and hospitals financial incentives to provide good quality care to Medicare beneficiaries while keeping down costs. A cottage industry of consultants has sprung up to help even ordinary hospitals become the first ACOs on the block. The goal is to achieve the “triple aim” of improved quality, lower medical costs and improved patient satisfaction by creating a care model anchored in the principles of the patient-centered medical home that also builds in accountability by rewarding physicians for results. An ACO is a network of doctors and hospitals that shares responsibility for providing care to patients. In the new law, an ACO would agree to manage all of the health care needs of a minimum of 5,000 Medicare beneficiaries for at least three years. No matter what the reform measures, it’s clear that innovation is a key to improving the overall healthcare delivery systems around the world. Contact your GlobalMed representative today to find out more.