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Antitrust Risks For ACOs

Law360 (March 9, 2011, 11:53 AM EST) -- Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are the hot new thing in the world of American health care policy. Born out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), ACOs are essentially networks of medical service providers such as doctors and hospitals that share responsibility for providing care to patients.

The idea behind ACOs is that, because they make providers jointly accountable for the health of their patients, providers will have strong incentives to cooperate and save money by avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures, thereby improving quality...
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