Our History

Recognizing the scarcity of objective science on accountable care strategies, the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) provided initial funding to launch the Institute in 2017, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. While the Institute will benefit from its unique access to NAACOS’ membership, the Institute is a separate organization, and conducts objective and independent research. The two organizations will cooperate on select Institute projects, working with NAACOS members to implement results of research and demonstration projects. NAACOS is a member organization founded in 2013 as the only national organization fostering the growth of ACO models of care. To learn more about NAACOS, click here.

Our Mission
  • To build the evidence base on the impact of accountable care delivery strategies on both quality and cost
  • To identify and disseminate best practices in accountable care in the pursuit of improved population health care.
Our Legal and Tax Status

The Institute is a corporation formed under the Nonprofit Corporation statute of the District of Columbia. Effective July 26, 2017, the Institute qualifies as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As a result, donors may be able to deduct contributions they make to the Institute.

For donors and granting agencies requiring a copy of the section 501(c)(3) exemption letter issued by the IRS to the Institute, please contact us.

Our Staff
The Institute is led by Rob Mechanic, MBA, a leading expert on healthcare payment systems and the adaptation of organizations to new payment models.
Rob Mechanic Robert E. Mechanic, MBA
Executive Director
Deborah Brafford Deborah Brafford
Finance Management
Teresa Litton Teresa Litton
Senior Advisor
Jennifer Perlof Jennifer Perlof
Director of Research

Board of Directors

Robert Berenson Robert A. Berenson, MD
Institute Fellow
The Urban Institute
Stephen Nuckolls Stephen Nuckolls, MAC
Chief Executive Officer
Coastal Carolina Quality Care, Inc.
Don Berick Don Berwick, MD
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Denise Prince Denise Prince, MBA, MPH
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Population Health
Mt. Sinai Health System
Clif Gaus Clif Gaus, ScD
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of ACOs
Lisa Simpson Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark McClellan Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD Center for Health Policy
Professor of Business, Medicine, and Health Policy
Duke University
Barbara Walters Barbara Walters, DO, MBA
Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer
Trinity Health
. Michael McWilliams J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD
Professor of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School

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