Most physicians agree that shifting to an accountable care organization would positively affect quality of care at their practices, according to the "2013 Physician Sentiment Index," by Epocrates and athenahealth.
The report includes responses from 1,200 physicians, 30 percent of whom are primary care physicians and 76 percent of whom are specialists.
When asked how shifting to an ACO would affect the following areas at their practice, respondents reported the following:
• Quality of care — 54 percent
• Profitability — 28 percent
• Amount of effort required to get paid — 20 percent
• Cash flow — 21 percent