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Accountable Care Organizations: Primer on ACOs and Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model is a new Medicare option for physicians, hospitals, and other providers to share in cost-savings. ACOs represent a dramatic change in Medicare policy and an opportunity to transform care delivery and provider alignment. The Medicare Gain Sharing Program, part of the newly enacted healthcare reform law, creates the option for healthcare providers to form...

Accountable Care Organizations: Kip Piper’s Interview with Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, Medicare providers, including physician groups and hospitals, will soon have the option to form Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to improve quality and efficiency. ACO providers may share financial gains generated from improved clinical and economic performance, provided that quality goals and patient safeguards are met. Through future regulations, the...

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