FTC's Rosch Slams ACOs As Detrimental To Costs, Care

By Christopher Norton (November 17, 2011, 8:00 PM EST) -- U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch launched a spirited attack at an antitrust conference Thursday on the accountable care organizations that health care reform will spawn, saying their Medicare cost savings will be minimal and could result in higher costs and lower quality care for consumers.

In ACOs, health care providers join together to coordinate to provide care to a group of patients. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created a Medicare shared savings program that allows ACOs to contract with Medicare.

Projected cost savings from ACOs represent less than 0.01 percent of estimated Medicare expenditures over the next decade,...

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