WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - Avascent, a leading strategy and management consulting firm, has released its latest white paper on the opportunities and challenges provided by the fundamental transformation of the U.S. health care sector. "Accountable Care Organizations: The Business Prescription" builds on Avascent's expertise working with clients focused on healthcare IT and the federal government.

"Accountable Care Organizations have the potential to transform the healthcare industry. Businesses wanting to succeed in this market must, however, understand the new changes and challenges before they can capitalize on emerging opportunities," said Amy Strouse, a Senior Associate at Avascent and co-author of the white paper. "With the focus on quality versus quantity of healthcare, companies that can offer innovative solutions will become important players in this field."

Vasco Fernandes, a partner at Avascent who recently helped stand up the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and has advised private and public sector leaders in the health care sector, commented that, "health care in the U.S. will undergo a fundamental transformation in the next several years. In concert with greater availability and use of electronic health records and improved data analytics, coordination of care around desired outcomes will of necessity replace the old fee-for-service model. Recent initiatives, especially the efforts surrounding ACOs, show that the federal government is committed to supporting new programs that strive to improve outcomes and lower the cost of care."

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Avascent (www.avascent.com) is the leading strategy and management consulting firm serving clients operating across the full spectrum of government-driven markets. Working with corporate leaders and financial investors, Avascent delivers sophisticated, fact-based solutions in the areas of strategic growth, value capture, and mergers and acquisition support. With deep sector expertise, analytically rigorous consulting methodologies, and a uniquely flexible and adaptive service model, Avascent provides clients with the insights and advice they need to operate and succeed in highly complex and dynamic customer environments.

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