Page ContentAccountable Care Organizations: Consistently Delivering Quality Care and Better OutcomesPracticed for decades at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a team of physicians, nurses and specialists working together to coordinate quality care for their patients focused on evidence-based medicine, disease management and treatment, and preventive care.Kelsey-Seybold has delivered accountable, coordinated care to patients for more than 60 years and is the longest-standing ACO in Houston and the nation’s first National Committee for Quality Assurance accredited ACO.At Kelsey-Seybold, the coordination of care across multiple specialties and in different care settings is powered by advanced technologies, including an electronic medical record systems and a digital imaging and archiving infrastructure which eliminates the need for duplicate medical testing.The Rising Cost of HealthcareThe continued rising cost for healthcare ranks high on the list of concerns for corporate executives, business owners and medical consumers. To counter escalating costs, many companies must raise employee premiums and trim health benefit plans.Unfortunately, this cost-control strategy is not a sustainable solution, nor will it improve the quality of patient care. How Accountable Care Works At Kelsey-Seybold, the coordination of care across multiple specialties and different care settings is empowered by advanced technologies, including electronic medical record systems which eliminate duplicate medical testing. Most importantly, ACOs are incentivized for improving care, not driving more of it.Our nation's healthcare system is on life support and proven solutions are needed. The Accountable Care model is a proven and viable solution to our current healthcare system's problems. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has delivered accountable, coordinated care to patients for more than 60 years and is the first and longest-standing ACO in Houston.