The importance of the accountable care organizations (ACOs), a cornerstone of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has continued to increase in the health care space – specifically for relationships between ACOs and provider organizations that specialize in serving complex consumers who have multiple chronic conditions and social support needs. One of the important ways this is affecting health delivery is through integrated models where payers and providers are embracing, risk-based arrangements with the goal of improved outcomes and reduced costs. Recently, OPEN MINDS spoke with Kristofer L. Smith, M.D., MPP, Senior Vice President of Population Health . . .