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Monday, November 2, 2015

First Class to Graduate From TMA ACO Leadership Development Program

More than a dozen physicians from across Texas graduate this week during the first capstone event of TMA’s ACO Leadership Development Program. TMA launched the program under the oversight of The University of Texas (UT) at Dallas to help physicians learn about accountable care organizations and how their practices might interact with — or help launch — an ACO. UT Dallas’ Clinical Professor of Health Care Leadership and Innovation Michael Deegan, MD, leads the course. It incorporates 10 study units, each averaging 10-15 hours to complete. Students receive 85 hours of continuing medical education credit upon completion. The initial class includes students of various ages, specialties, practice sizes, and geographic locations across Texas. A few have already formed their own ACO, including one rural physician group who did so under the guidance of TMA PracticeEdge. The program operates under a grant from United Healthcare. Richard Migliori, MD, United’s chief medical officer, will attend the graduation event.

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