In New Jersey, groundbreaking legislation is enabling communities to test the viability of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve care and curb spending for Medicaid beneficiaries, particularly those with chronic needs. Through the three-year Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project, the state is supporting community-based efforts to coordinate care across health settings, including hospitals, provider’s offices, clinics, and home care.

To guide New Jersey communities in designing ACO demonstration projects, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) developed The New Jersey Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Business Planning Toolkit. The toolkit includes step-by-step guidance and practical templates to facilitate ACO planning.

During this webinar, toolkit authors discussed how to use the pracatical toolkit in developing an ACO model. While the toolkit is focused on New Jersey’s ACO opportunity, the guidance is generalizable and can help Medicaid stakeholders across the country in developing ACO models for beneficiaries with complex needs.