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Academy Joins the LAN’s Accountable Care Action Collaborative

February 8, 2024

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN) announced the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will join the LAN’s Accountable Care Action Collaboration (ACAC). The Academy, a nonpartisan Chicago-based member organization whose mission is to accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition, will work with other ACAC members to accelerate the adoption of accountable care to improve people’s experience in the health care system, produce better outcomes, and lower costs.

The LAN defines “accountable care” as that which centers on the patient and aligns their care team to support shared decision-making. This helps to realize the best achievable health outcomes for all through equitable, comprehensive, high-quality, affordable, longitudinal care.

The LAN believes building strong partnerships across payers, purchasers, providers, states, and beneficiaries is essential to achieving system-wide transformation. ACAC members are industry leaders who work with the LAN to advance accountable care, the patient-centered effort that centers on shared decision-making and supports best outcomes for all. The Academy is the 33rd member to join the ACAC.

“The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be an asset to the ACAC, as a holistic approach is one of the key tenets of accountable care. Integrating nutrition and health can optimize Americans’ well-being and reduce health care costs as we drive for optimal population health and well-being — not just the absence of disease,” said ACAC co-chair Jeff Micklos, executive director of the Health Care Transformation Task Force.

Key components of the ACAC include creating a movement that promotes efforts to advance accountable care, coordinating with and leveraging other LAN initiatives and activities, and fostering partnerships to facilitate large-scale application of findings and best practices.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is working to ensure equitable access to nutrition services provided by qualified practitioners.

“The LAN’s patient-centered approach to achieving successful health outcomes is a natural fit for the Academy, as access to registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition care supports a strong, equitable and a financially responsible health care system,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and the Academy’s 2023-2024 President Lauri Wright. “The Academy looks forward to working with LAN’s Accountable Care Action Collaboration.”

About the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Representing more than 112,000 credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

About the LAN

The LAN started in 2015 and is an active group of public and private health care leaders dedicated to providing thought leadership, strategic direction, and ongoing support to accelerate our care system’s adoption of alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN mobilizes payers, providers, purchasers, patients, product manufacturers, policymakers, and others in a shared mission to lower care costs, improve patient experiences and outcomes, reduce the barriers to APM participation, and promote shared accountability. Find more information here.

Join the Academy

Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics receive exciting benefits including complimentary continuing professional education opportunities, discounts on events and products in, invitations to exclusive members-only events and more!