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ACOs Present Different Challenges To Different Parts Of Health Industry

Modern Healthcare: Different Sectors, Different Needs On Move Toward ACOs
Hospitals, health insurers and physicians have very different preferences for addressing anticompetitive issues, and the approach selected could determine whether they participate in the rollout of accountable care organizations - a key component of the healthcare reform law - according to advocates for the different sectors. Many hospitals would prefer specific guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department's antitrust division to help them avoid prosecution as they start to form ACOs. ... But physicians and other health care providers may move toward ACOs quicker if they are able to discuss plans for their own specific initiative with federal antitrust and trade officials (Daly, 1/24).

Related, earlier KHN story: FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained (Gold, 1/13).

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