Making sense of integrated care systems, integrated care partnerships and accountable care organisations in the NHS in England | Chris Ham | The King’s Fund
NHS England has recently changed the name of accountable care systems to integrated care systems. In this updated long read, Chris Ham looks at work under way in these systems and at NHS England’s proposals for an accountable care organisation contract.
The article looks at the following:
- Why is change needed?
- What are integrated care and population health?
- What’s happening with new care models?
- What’s happening in integrated care systems?
- What are ACOs and why are they controversial?
- How are integrated care systems and partnerships developing?
- What has this way of working achieved?
- What do these developments mean for commissioning?
- Are these developments really a way of making cuts?
- Will these developments lead to privatisation?
- Where next?
The author concludes that integrated care should be supported as it is the best hope for the NHS and its partners to provide services to meet the needs of the growing and ageing population.