As the debate around healthcare reform continues in Washington, a few consistent themes are emerging around the issue of modifying care delivery and reimbursement models. Value-based purchasing, bundled payments, and accountable care organizations (ACO) are different variations on the theme of reimbursing for results rather than transactions. An ACO is a local network of providers that can manage the full continuum of care for patients assigned to them based on their historical use of the network for the preponderance of their care. All of the potential changes in delivery models and reimbursement methods require that an organization have access to data about patient care delivery. If your organization is like most, it has already invested heavily in healthcare IT and is likely to continue that investment. As people move toward reimbursement mechanisms based on outcomes, you can leverage that Health Information Technology investment to provide the data, measurement, and feedback mechanisms needed to support performance improvement.