The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron's Center for Clinical and Community Health Improvement is developing a trend setting Accountable Care Community™ (ACC), which will link physicians and other health providers to share responsibility for individuals with the intent to preserve health and lessen the burden of disease, thus reducing health costs and improving lives and the productivity of the community.
The framework improves population health by using a collaborative, multi-institution approach that emphasizes shared responsibility for the health of the community.
The Accountable Care Community: Healthier by Design project is already connecting ABIA and its founding members with the City of Akron, Summit County and other community healthcare providers with citizens in the promotion and provision of wellness and improved healthcare outcomes. The establishment of this national model, in Akron, takes on great significance in light of recent reforms to healthcare at the federal level that aim to reduce factors leading to chronic disease and reach risk groups in convenient, accessible ways.
ABIA's ACC initiative includes the integration of inter-professional teams with professionals from not only medicine but also pharmacy, public health, nursing, social work, mental health and nutrition.
To learn more, download the Accountable Care Community Brochure (PDF).