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Goals and Learning Outcomes

This course reviews The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) delivery model and the changing nurse functions in this care model. 

The model was brought into the system in 2012, targeting Medicare beneficiaries. Over the course of 10 years, it has been modified, and variations have been added to the first care model. 

What remains unchanged are three tenets known as “The Triple Aim” (IHI, n.d.):

  • Improving the health of the population
  • Enhancing the patient care experience, including access, quality, and reliability
  • Reducing, or making efforts to control, the per beneficiary cost of care  

This course will focus on the nurse’s role in the ACO, assessing how the nurse’s role has evolved beyond direct care delivery and highlighting the critical role that nurses have in the evolving landscape of the healthcare system within the ACOs.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the essential elements of an accountable care organization.
  • Indicate the potential for accountable care organizations to improve population and patient health.
  • Identify the implications for nursing in engaging in an accountable care organization model.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 12/01/22

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.