The Toward Accountable Care (TAC) Consortium and Initiative is pleased to announce the release of its latest specialty toolkit for those physicians interested in learning more about how their practice fits into the value-based model called an accountable care organization (ACO).

TAC Consortium member, the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians, helped identify NC emergency medicine physicians to serve on a workgroup, which was instrumental in the development of the Accountable Care Guide for Emergency Medicine Physicians. Workgroup members included: Jennifer Raley, MD, Wake Emergency Physicians, PA; Timothy Reeder, MD, ECU Emergency Medicine, Michael Moulton, MD, Eastern Carolina Emergency Physicians, PA; Jill Benson, MD, Wake Emergency Physicians, PA.

The Accountable Care Guide for Emergency Medicine Physicians was released Thursday, June 12, 2014. This is the tenth toolkit published by TAC as part of its mission to provide the medical community with the knowledge and tools needed to understand, participate in, navigate, lead and succeed in a value- driven health care system. This and the other toolkits published thus far are available free of cost at the TAC website: http://www.tac-consortium.org/. In addition to the specialty specific resources, there also are three general guides: The Physician’s Accountable Care Toolkit, The Accountable Care Legal Guide and Distribution Based on Contribution: A Merit-based Shared Savings Distribution Model.

To date, there are 40 health care organizations participating in the TAC Consortium. See the list at the TAC website http://www.tac-consortium.org/,

To learn more about this seminal organization and its work as well as timely features and news about the emerging ACO model of care, please visit the website http://www.tac-consortium.org/.

The TAC Consortium and Initiative has been made possible through the generous support of the TAC member organizations, significant in-kind and financial donations and leadership from the North Carolina Medical Society, a substantial grant from The Physicians Foundation and strategic counsel on integrated care from the Smith Anderson law firm.