Coastal Carolina Health Care – ACO Pioneers in Eastern NC

It’s not easy becoming an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), but at least one fledgling North Carolina ACO, believed “it was the right thing to do for our patients.”

When Coastal Carolina Health Care, P.A. (CCHC) in New Bern was considering forming an ACO, they thought, “should we do it now, or wait? There was a lot of debate around this topic,” said Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina’s CEO. “We felt that the program, while not perfect, was good enough at this point in time. If we started early we could gain from our experience. Also, there was a certain amount of fear that if we waited we’d lose a valuable learning experience.” More


Stephen W. Nuckolls, CEO and David C. Oliver, MD, FACC of CCHC describe the implementation process for their new accountable care organization. (Video taken at the 2012 NC Medical Society Annual Meeting, “Value-Driven Health Care: Physician-Led Innovations in North Carolina” educational session.

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