ACO Payment Methods: The Middle Path Is Best

Law360, New York (December 20, 2010, 1:18 PM EST) -- Barrels of ink have been spilled over the issue of whether allowing accountable care organizations to take downside risk represents an opportunity or not. While many organizations would like to limit their exposure to upside risk or profit potential, the reality is that for ACOs to succeed, participating providers in their networks will need to share in the downside risk or loss potential.

Success in this arena requires the ability to manage the continuum of care outside the hospital’s grounds. That, in turn, requires a robust...
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