3 Things Accountable Care Organizations Can Do Now

Law360, New York (November 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EST) -- A frustrated doctor walks into the patient’s room after reviewing the medical record and the results of numerous tests. The doctor shakes her head and declares to the patient, “I’m stumped. We’ll have to wait for the autopsy.” With similar trepidation, many health care providers (and their counsel) looked at the shared savings and accountable care organization, or ACO, provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

On the one hand, the ACO provisions called for greater integration among some currently nonintegrated providers in order...
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