A Path To Accountable Care Runs Through The FTC

Law360, New York (April 28, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT) -- In spite of the continued public and political division over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), there are elements of the Act that policymakers, regardless of politics, might actually agree upon.

Hidden away behind the most contentious provisions of the Act[1] and found in the Republican health care alternative proposals[2] is a policy change that could assist in delivering cost-effective care to the marketplace. The change involves the creation of Medicare pilot programs for “accountable care organizations” (“ACOs”).

While many aspects of ACOs...
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